Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl

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Vintage Books, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 386 pages
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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 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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The core of this book is how Riefensthal went from stage-mad girl to one of the great film makers of the 20th century and the milestones of contingency along the way. Finding expression first in dance ... Read full review

LENI: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl

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A former movie producer and, subsequently, chronicler of Hollywood legends (Marlene Dietrich, 1992) and legendary fiascos (Final Cut, 1985) revisits what a documentary filmmaker once called "the ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
Part One B E R
9
Two Debuts
21
Three Climbing
33
Four Higher
47
Five Above the Clouds
60
Six The Blue Light
69
Part Two ASCENT
85
Twelve Tomorrow the World
164
Part Three AFTER MATH
185
Sixteen Survivor
238
Seventeen Comeback
253
Eighteen Fortune and Mens Eyes
274
Nineteen The Last Picture Shows
285
Twenty Afterlife
296
Notes
303

Eight The Turning Point
98
Nine Total Devotion I
123
Eleven The Olympic Idea
141
Fourteen Goodbye to All That 206
339
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Steven Bach is the author of two previous biographies, Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend and Dazzler: The Life and Times of Moss Hart. He was in charge of worldwide production for United Artists, where he was involved in such films as Raging Bull, Manhattan, The French Lieutenant's Woman, and Heaven's Gate, about which he wrote the bestseller Final Cut. He teaches at Bennington College and Columbia University and divides his time between New England and Europe.

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