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The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993)

Die Macht der Bilder: Leni Riefenstahl (original title)
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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.

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Ray Müller (as Ray Muller), Ray Müller

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Ray Müller, Ray Müller (as Ray Muller)
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Credited cast:
Leni Riefenstahl ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marlene Dietrich ... Herself (archive footage)
Arnold Fanck ... Himself (archive footage)
Walter Frentz Walter Frentz ... Himself - Camerman 1936 Olymipcs
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself (archive footage) (as Josef Goebbels)
Rudolf Hess ... Himself (archive footage)
John Herbert Higgins John Herbert Higgins ... Himself - U.S. Swimmer (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Saburo Ito Saburo Ito ... Himself - Japanese Swimmer (archive footage)
Horst Kettner Horst Kettner ... Himself - Leni's Companion
Reizô Koike Reizô Koike ... Himself - Japanese Swimmer (archive footage)
Guzzi Lantschner Guzzi Lantschner ... Himself - Camerman 1936 Olymipcs
Ralph Metcalfe ... Himself - U.S. Sprinter (archive footage)
Ray Müller Ray Müller ... Himself
Jesse Owens ... Himself (archive footage)
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This documentary recounts the life and work of one of most famous, and yet reviled, German film directors in history, Leni Riefenstahl. The film recounts the rise of her career from a dancer, to a movie actor to the most important film director in Nazi Germany who directed such famous propaganda films as Triumph of the Will and Olympiad. The film also explores her later activities after Nazi Germany's defeat in 1945 and her disgrace for being so associated with it which includes her amazingly active life over the age of 90. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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France | UK | Germany | Belgium

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

June 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Power of the Image: Leni Riefenstahl See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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$449,707
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A most revealing portrait
7 March 2000 | by bullfrog-5See all my reviews

This is an excellent biography of one of the most influential filmmakers in history. It not only gives a comprehensive overview of her body of work but reveals many of innovative techniques she pioneered. Her accomplishments are all the more impressive when one considers the role of women in her heyday.

However, the most interesting aspect of this film for me is how this intelligent woman (still lucid in her 90's) deals with queries about her political involvement during the National Socialist period in Germany.


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