The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993)

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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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Directors:

Ray Müller , Ray Müller

Writers:

Ray Müller, Ray Müller

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19 November 1999 | mpenman
Beautifully-done documentary, long but thought-provoking.
This film explores the boundaries between the artistic and the political (or, when does fiction have to pay for the reality it may help to create?).

Why is Leni Riefenstahl, who created propaganda for the murderous Hitler ("Olympia" -- which pioneered many of the techniques now cliche in sports camerawork and editing, and the notorious "Triumph of the Will"), despised and reviled while the work of Eisenstein and others who created propaganda for the murderous Stalin is lovingly taught in film schools? Well, maybe it was because Stalin was on the winning side of the war, according to Ms. Riefenstahl, a tough old broad who was apparently ecstatic about being interviewed. Up to a point.

This is a top-notch documentary. The cinematography is gorgeous. The probing questions are important. Riefenstahl is alternately combative, charming, evasive . . . and a whole lot of other things.

I give it a 9 of 10.

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Genres

Documentary | Biography | History

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Release Date:

June 1994

Language

German, English


Country of Origin

France, UK, Germany, Belgium

Filming Locations

Austria

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,711 20 March 1994

Gross USA:

$449,707

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$449,707

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