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Leni Riefenstahl

I first came across Leni Riefenstahl whilst doing my undergraduate degree in Milan, which focused on the work of Luis Trenker, an alpinist and film director of the 1920´s and 30´s who was briefly involved with Riefenstahl. 541 more words

Triumph of the Will (1935)

This is another old review of an even older film… oh my goodness… what a film! This is still so shocking even as scenes from the film cascade down my senses as I tidy up my old review of the film. 727 more words


The temple of doom

I think America is going through a paroxysm of rage…But I think there’s going to be a happy ending in November.

—Steven Spielberg, to Sky News…

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Triumph (and tedium) of the Will

Saw Leni Riefenstahl’s infamous Nazi propaganda movie Triumph of the Will last night on a big screen at the University of Southern California. I’d never seen it before, although of course I knew about it. 268 more words


Leni Riefenstahl: groundbreaking, yet infamous filmmaker at the heart of the Third Reich

As one of the notorious survivors of the Nazi regime, Leni Riefenstahl was a polarising figure mainly in the post-WWII era, as she was a remarkable artist with films like Triumph of the Will and Olympia, but her works were inevitably associated with the infamy of the Nazi regime. 952 more words

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