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Leni Riefenstahl (1902–2003)


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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Known For

The Blue Light
(1932)
Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations
(1938)
Lowlands
Lowlands Martha, eine spanische Betteltänzerin
(1954)

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 1954 Lowlands
Martha, eine spanische Betteltänzerin
 1933 S.O.S. Iceberg
Ellen Lawrence
 1933 S.O.S. Eisberg
Hella, seine Frau
 1932 The Blue Light
Junta
 1930 Storm Over Mont Blanc
Hella Armstrong
 1929 White Hell of Pitz Palu
Maria Maioni
 1928 Das Schicksal derer von Habsburg
Maria Vetsera
 1927 Der große Sprung
Gita
 1926 Der heilige Berg
Diotima
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Other Works:

Wrote "The Last of the Nuba" (1972). See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Biographical Movies | 8 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 2 Interviews | 11 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Personal Quote:

[recalling at age 83 her 1936 film Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938), which identified her with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party] "They killed me then. I am a ghost." See more »

Trivia:

Riefenstahl was portrayed by Dutch actress Carice van Houten in Race, a sports drama film directed by Stephen Hopkins about Jesse Owens. It was released in North America on February 19, 2016. To make her sympathetic portrayal acceptable to an American audience, the film dramatizes her quarrels with Goebbels over her direction of the film, Olympia, especially about filming the African American ... See more »

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