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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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(1932)
(1938)
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 People of Kau" (1997). See more »

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

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[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 »

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Riefenstahl tried many times to make more films during the 1950s and 1960s, but was met with resistance, public protests and sharp criticism.Many of her filmmaking peers in Hollywood had fled Nazi Germany and were unsympathetic to her. Although both film professionals and investors were willing to support her work, most of the projects she attempted were stopped owing to ever-renewed and highly ... See more »

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