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The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl -- A documentary about the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl, a German film director most notorious for making the most effective propaganda films for the Nazis.

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A documentary about the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl, a German film director most notorious for making the most effective propaganda films for the Nazis. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Leni Riefenstahl: 1902-2003
 (From WENN. 9 September 2003)

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Still Feisty at 90 See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Leni Riefenstahl ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marlene Dietrich ... Herself (archive footage)
Walter Frentz ... Himself - Camerman 1936 Olymipcs
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Rudolf Hess ... Himself (archive footage)
John Herbert Higgins ... Himself - U.S. Swimmer (archive footage)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Saburo Ito ... Himself - Japanese Swimmer (archive footage)
Horst Kettner ... Himself - Leni's Companion
Reizô Koike ... Himself - Japanese Swimmer (archive footage)
Guzzi Lantschner ... Himself - Camerman 1936 Olymipcs
Ralph Metcalfe ... Himself - U.S. Sprinter (archive footage)
Ray Müller ... Himself
Jesse Owens ... Himself (archive footage)
Ernst Röhm ... Himself (archive footage)
Fritz Schilgen ... Himself - Lighting Olympic Cauldron (archive footage)
Luis Trenker ... Himself

Directed by
Ray Müller 
 
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Ray Müller 

Produced by
Jacques de Clercq .... producer: Nomad Films
Dimitri de Clercq .... producer: Nomad Films
Waldemar Januzczak .... producer: Channel 4, London (as Waldemar Januszczak)
Hans Peter Kochenrath .... producer: ZDF (as Hans-Peter Kochenrath)
Hans-Jürgen Panitz .... producer: Omega Films
 
Original Music by
Ulrich Bassenge 
Wolfgang Neumann 
 
Cinematography by
Michel Baudour 
Walter A. Franke 
Ulrich Jänchen  (as Ulrich Jaenchen)
Jürgen Martin 
 
Film Editing by
Vera Dubsikova 
Beate Köster 
 
Set Decoration by
Michael Graser 
 
Production Management
Werner Bertolan .... production manager
Stefan Koenig .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicole Front .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Tomas Bastian .... sound
Heimo Sahliger .... sound
Alfred Schuhmann .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Barbara Dolainsky .... assistant camera
Horst Kettner .... underwater cinematographer
Norbert Platzer .... assistant camera
Hermann Sowieja .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Stefan Mothes .... editor: video
Moritz Peters .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Martin Angres .... video team
Kevin Brownlow .... film-historical advisor
David Culbert .... film-historical advisor
Brend Fischer .... video team
Martin Loiperdinger .... film-historical advisor
Felix Moeller .... archive researcher (as Felix Mueller)
Knut Muhsik .... video team
 

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Also Known As:
"Die Macht der Bilder: Leni Riefenstahl" - France (original title)
"The Power of the Image: Leni Riefenstahl" - USA (TV title)
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180 min
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Still Feisty at 90, 3 January 2006
Author: sbibb1 (sbibb1@aol.com) from New York, NY

This documentary was apparently one of the first to examine Leni's life with her actually being interviewed at great depth. The film is broken up into two parts, her films as an actress and her relations with the Nazi party, and then her later films and the rest of her life. The film is fascinating, showing many lengthy clips from all her films. There is no questions that she was a very, very talented filmmaker, and very innovative for her time. Many of the camera angles and shots that she used were invented by her, and are still in wide use today.

It is very clear that at the time the film was made, that Leni was still used to being in control. She is apparently difficult as an interview subject, and is seen in many shots refusing to do what the cameraman tells her. She is also very highly defensive of our association with the Nazi party. At one point, the interviewer asks her about her relationship with Goebels. She replies that she knew him only casually and then had a falling out, after which they never spoke again. However, when she is confronted with the diaries of Goebels, and according to them, they both saw each other at numerous social and political functions, Leni becomes mad and walks out.

My own personal belief is that she has tried to whitewash her association with the Nazi party in her later years.

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