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Leni Riefenstahl Paperback – January 15, 1995
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- Roy Liebman, California State Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
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in these times.
I also believed for a long time that Riefenstahl produced propaganda movies for
the Nazis including hate speeches and incitation to aggressive wars. But everybody
who has seen her notorious movie "Triumph of the Will" knows that there Hitler preaches:
"We want that this nation will be peace-loving but also brave, thats why you must be
peaceful". Therefore the french government awarded this movie a "Grand Prix" during
the world fair 1937 in Paris.
And seven trials, one american, two french and four german, revealed that she was
never member of any Nazi organisation. To those, who still continue bashing Leni
Riefenstahl, I just want to say that they also cannot forsee the future. And they are
also incapable of remote viewing what happens in some concentration camps hundreds of
miles away, which were, as everybody knows, not accessible to the public.
This book is as fascinating as her olympic movies. Although I like to go to bed very
early I could not stop reading before 3:00 am. During breakfast I had to continue
reading. It shows clearly that Riefenstahl was an extraordinary strong personality.
Thats why she never gave excuses for crimes that she never commited, although a lot of
pressure was put on her in that direction. For this I tribute her lots of respect.
I am pretty much more concerned about those germans with weak moral, which believed
in the past to be a member of a superior race, while today they feel guilty
for crimes that they never commited, because they were not alive those times.
What kind of madness will originate from these delicate personalities in the future?Read more ›
So it's more than 10 years later and still no complete English translation. Here is an example of the differences. (There are many more, everywhere; also missing photographs.) Most of the omissions are not critical but they do flatten the prose significantly. In this instance an important detail is omitted regarding who it was that the headmistress in Leni's school in the 1919 Berlin invited for a recital. I put the German fragments in square brackets and a slash "/" when the English text starts deviating from the German:
"My father still knew nothing about my dance classes. [I could hide my dance lessons from my father only twice a week.] Every Tuesday and Friday [between 4 and 5 o'clock] I roller-skated [to Budapester Strasse. Yorckstrasse was paved with asphalt so I could skate] all the way to the entrance of the school and I got away with my deception until a terrible day of reckoning. Every year Frau Grimm-Reiter's students gave a display [Every year Frau Grimm-Reiter would hire the Blüthner-Saal for her students to give a display] and, this particular year, she was delighted to have a star attraction. Anita Berber, /a former student and now a famous dancer who sometimes practiced at school, had agreed to perform. [a fascinating human being with a boyish figure, she had already been very well-known thanks to the nude dances she performed on small stages and at nightclubs. Her body was so perfect that her nakedness never appeared obscene.Read more ›
astonishing book. I'm exhausted and staggered by the sheer scope of
this woman's life--it is in fact a story larger than life. By way of
illustration, I recently read the famed and lengthy Carlos Baker
biography of Ernest Hemingway. Let me tell you in no uncertain
terms: Papa was a sissy in comparison to Leni Riefenstahl
(hereafter, LR). This woman displays more grit, tenacity, artistic
vision, dedication, resilience and audacity than a pack of wolves
cross bred with Ayn Rand and some other extreme artist of maniacal
bent, say, Van Gogh. She exemplifies the good and bad potentials for
life in the extreme. Hers is a story of perseverance and survival,
with agony and ecstasy throughout. The movie "The Wonderful,
Horrible Life of LR" could not be more aptly titled. Whew, I'm tongue
tied....this book took me there and back and I need a week off to
recuperate. It's well-written, but you won't read this for the
writing. This is about a life lived to the hilt, decades of painful
adventure, the stuff of legend.
Should you contemplate reading this book, I think you need to make a
decision in advance: Are you going to squander your time primarily
evaluating whether she had knowledge of the genocide of the Jewish
people by Hitler and hisminions?? If sitting as a juror as to facts
almost 60 years old is a particular hobby of yours, go at it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Leni Riefenstahl should be held up as a role model for young women. She proved in so many ways that she embodied the qualities that are generally expected to be found in role... Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. J. White
The book was a very interesting read beginning to end. Some of her early life was a mystery to me, so I was able to understand her challenges, as well as to understand her mentors... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rom Gayoso
I have known about Leni for a long time but just recently read a biography of her. That book got most of the "facts" right, but showed her to be pretty much a slut and a... Read morePublished on May 18, 2014 by Richard Gearon
about what Riefenstahl knew about atrocities during the Second World War, if anything. Clearly she draws our attention just by being personally known to Hitler and having years... Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by ChuckDancer
An excellent book! Very interesting, trying to understand this creative, atistic, energetic personality. Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by sepp