Leni Riefenstahl (1902–2003)


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Leni Riefenstahl's show-biz experience began with an experiment: she wanted to know what it felt like to dance on the stage. Success as a dancer gave way to film acting when she attracted the attention of film director Arnold Fanck, subsequently starring in some of his mountaineering pictures. With Fanck as her mentor, Riefenstahl began directing ... See full bio »

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  Der Führer baut seine Hauptstadt (Documentary) (producer)
 1954 Lowlands (producer)
 1944 Arno Breker - Harte Zeit, starke Kunst (Documentary short) (producer)
 1943 Schwimmen und Springen (Documentary short) (producer)
 1943 Josef Thorak, Werkstatt und Werk (Documentary short) (producer)
 1940 Bergbauern (Documentary short) (producer)
 1940 Der Sprung (Documentary short) (producer)
 1940 Hochalm (Documentary short) (producer)
 1940 L'Art Equestre Éternel (Documentary short) (producer)
 1940 Laufen (Documentary short) (producer)
 1940 Osterskitour in Tirol (Short) (executive producer)
 1940 Höchstes Glück der Erde auf dem Rücken der Pferde (Documentary short) (producer)
 1939 Der Wurf im Sport - Betrachtungen für Freunde des Sports (Documentary short) (producer)
 1939 Kraft und Schwung - Die Grundelemente des Turnens (Documentary short) (producer)
 1938 Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (Documentary) (producer)
 1938 Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (Documentary) (producer)
 1937 Wilde Wasser (Short) (producer)
 1936 Unsterbliches Marathon Olympia 1936 (Documentary short) (producer)
 1935 Day of Freedom: Our Armed Forces (Documentary short) (producer)
 1935 The Triumph of the Will (Documentary) (producer)
 1932 The Blue Light (producer)
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Other Works:

Wrote "The Vanishing Africa" (1982). See more »

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4 Biographical Movies | 10 Print Biographies | 4 Portrayals | 2 Interviews | 11 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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Horst Kettner  (her death) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[In a 1993 interview, commenting on her work with the Nazi party] "Being sorry isn't nearly enough, but I can't tear myself apart or destroy myself. It's so terrible. I've suffered anyway for over half a century and it will never end, until I die. It's such an incredible burden, that to say 'sorry'... it's inadequate, it expresses too little." See more »

Trivia:

She says she read Ernest Hemingway's "Green Hills of Africa" (1935) in 1955 and prepared immediately to visit the Sudan, which she did the following year, was accepted by and lived with the Nuba people for several months. She wrote three books, mainly photographic essays documenting the vanishing beauty of African people and cultures, from 1972 to 1997. Those are possibly her best refutations of ... See more »

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