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Leni : the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl

Author: Steven Bach
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Leni Riefenstahl, the woman best known as "Hitler's filmmaker," is one of the most controversial personalities of the twentieth century. Her story is one of huge talent and huger ambition, one that probes the sometimes blurred borders dividing art and beauty from truth and humanity. Two of her films, Olympia and Triumph of the Will, are universally regarded as among the greatest and most innovative documentaries  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographie
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bach, Steven.
Leni.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 2007
(OCoLC)608387035
Named Person: Leni Riefenstahl; Leni Riefenstahl; Leni Riefenstahl; Leni Riefenstahl; Leni Riefenstahl; Leni Riefenstahl
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Bach
ISBN: 9780375404009 0375404007 9780739491812 0739491814
OCLC Number: 70630619
Description: x, 386 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue --
pt. Berlin --
Metropolis --
Debuts --
Climbing --
Higher --
Above the clouds --
The Blue Light --
pt. 2. Ascent --
Lightning --
The turning point --
Total devotion --
Triumph --
The Olympic idea --
Tomorrow the world --
pt. 3. Aftermath --
Leni at war --
Goodbye to all that --
Pariah --
Survivor --
Comeback --
Fortune and men's eyes --
The last picture show(s) --
Afterlife --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Steven Bach.

Abstract:

Leni Riefenstahl, the woman best known as "Hitler's filmmaker," is one of the most controversial personalities of the twentieth century. Her story is one of huge talent and huger ambition, one that probes the sometimes blurred borders dividing art and beauty from truth and humanity. Two of her films, Olympia and Triumph of the Will, are universally regarded as among the greatest and most innovative documentaries ever made, but they are also insidious glorifications of Hitler and the Third Reich. Relying on new sources--including interviews with her colleagues and intimate friends, as well as on previously unknown recordings of Riefenstahl herself--biographer Bach untangles the truths and lies behind this gifted woman's lifelong self-vindication as an apolitical artist who claimed she knew nothing of the Holocaust and denied her complicity with the criminal regime she both used and sanctified.--From publisher description.
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