Leni - Never to be forgotten

Discussions on the role played by and situation of women in the Third Reich not covered in the other sections. Hosted by Vikki.
fju
Member
Posts: 118
Joined: 15 Aug 2002 20:58
Location: canada

Leni - Never to be forgotten

Post by fju » 17 Aug 2002 06:13

Richard Corliss, writing a review of the Müller documentary in Time magazine, pointedly makes this the center of his critique, asking more directly than others have in the past, why can Riefenstahl not escape her Nazi legend? Certainly Riefenstahl's political taint is not unique. Other artists tolerated or supported European fascism and continued their stardom in the postwar era: Céline, Roberto Rossellini, Salvador Dali, G.W. Pabst, Douglas Sirk, Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Gottfried Benn, Ernst Jünger, and Gustaf Gründgens, among others. Even Veit Harlan, the director of the anti-Semitic Jud Süss, who worked closely with Propaganda Minister Goebbels and whose films were "more in tune with the political interests of the Nazi government" than most, was able to revive his career in the 1950s. Fritz Hippler, creator of the most vicious Nazi propaganda film, Der ewige Jude, was apparently "denazified" in 1951 and employed by the US Army as a translator.

The absence of women in this list is glaringly obvious. It is a fact that cannot be denied in even the most contrived arguments on talent, fame, and political favoritism that male directors, actors, and writers continued to work in postwar Germany and Europe, whereas the end of the Reich was also the career fade-out for many female cinema artists of equal popularity: the director Riefenstahl, but also such popular German-language icons as Zarah Leander, Lilian Harvey, Marika Rökk, Lil Dagover, and Veit Harlan's wife, Kristina Söderbaum.



LENI RIEFENSTAHL (1902-2001)

Born Leni Helene Bertha Amalie Riefenstahl on August 22, 1902. Ballet dancer, actress, film director and producer, she was born in Berlin and founded her own film company in 1931 to produce 'The Blue Light'.She was appointed by Hitler to produce films for the Nazi Party such as 'The Triumph of the Will' and her masterpiece 'Olympia', the famous documentary of the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin. She has always insisted that she was never a member of the Nazi party but neither was she an opponent of Hitler. Before the war her films received all the international awards but after the war Lenii was castigated because of it and spent almost four years in Allied prisons. Boycotted and despised, she has never been able to make another feature film. Editing the film she says, 'nearly ruined my health'. In 1952 she was cleared of war-crimes charges by a German court. Today in Germany, the film remains under lock and key. In 1962 she travelled to Africa and spent eight months living with the Nuba tribe. At the age of 70 she undertook an underwater scuba diving course and for the next 18 years filmed hundreds of undersea documentaries. At age 90, Leni Reifenstahl became a member of Greenpeace. She regrets ever having made 'Triumph of the Will'.
Leni died in 2001, just before her 100th birthday.


Image

User avatar
christianT
Member
Posts: 30
Joined: 07 Aug 2002 08:15
Location: In a motel room...with your wife

Post by christianT » 17 Aug 2002 08:09

There is a fascinating documentary about Leni called Die Macht der bilder: Leni Riefenstahl (I forgot the english title). Depending upon where you live, it may be found at selected video stores.

-christianT

Senna
Member
Posts: 21
Joined: 03 Aug 2002 09:53
Location: Germany

Post by Senna » 17 Aug 2002 09:07

8O , thought she is still alive!

Ovidius
Member
Posts: 1414
Joined: 11 Mar 2002 19:04
Location: Romania

Post by Ovidius » 17 Aug 2002 09:45

Senna wrote:8O , thought she is still alive!


They're wrong with her "death in 2001". At least in April-May this year she was still alive.

~Ovidius

User avatar
Marcus
Member
Posts: 33963
Joined: 08 Mar 2002 22:35
Location: Europe

Post by Marcus » 17 Aug 2002 10:41

She is alive and well, celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday.

/Marcus

User avatar
Phil V
Financial supporter
Posts: 1635
Joined: 21 May 2002 12:18
Location: Australia (usually)

Post by Phil V » 17 Aug 2002 10:55

Very alive indeed.

Can anyone date the above posted photo of Fraulein Riefenstahl?

Is is a good photo.

Ragards.

fju
Member
Posts: 118
Joined: 15 Aug 2002 20:58
Location: canada

re Leni's death

Post by fju » 17 Aug 2002 20:27

Marcus Wendel wrote:She is alive and well, celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday.

/Marcus


It's nice to hear she is still around.

The only information on her current whereabouts was the death notice. Can you help me out, please.

Franz

fju
Member
Posts: 118
Joined: 15 Aug 2002 20:58
Location: canada

Riefenstahl picture

Post by fju » 17 Aug 2002 20:36

Max Brandt wrote:Very alive indeed.

Can anyone date the above posted photo of Fraulein Riefenstahl?

Is is a good photo.

Ragards.


Hi Max,

The picture is from one of her 'mountain' films, I would guess early thirties. It is from an exhibition in Cologne.

Franz

Here's another one:

Image

User avatar
sylvieK4
Member
Posts: 3089
Joined: 13 Mar 2002 17:29

Post by sylvieK4 » 17 Aug 2002 20:46

I see on line that she has her own web site:

http://www.leni-riefenstahl.de/

That should have the most up-to-date information about her.

Greeted by her fans, then and now:

Image

Image

fju
Member
Posts: 118
Joined: 15 Aug 2002 20:58
Location: canada

Thank you

Post by fju » 17 Aug 2002 21:05

sylvieK4 wrote:I see on line that she has her own web site


Than you Sylvie,

As Mark Twain once set, when a newspaper wrote he had died: 'The report of my death has been greatly exxagerated."

Although she was by no means as innocent as she claims, she and the other women actresses and directors were grossly discriminated against compared to their male counter parts. (See my first post).

Franz

User avatar
Marcus
Member
Posts: 33963
Joined: 08 Mar 2002 22:35
Location: Europe

Post by Marcus » 17 Aug 2002 21:14

See also the "Happy Birthday, Leni!" thread.

/Marcus

fju
Member
Posts: 118
Joined: 15 Aug 2002 20:58
Location: canada

Post by fju » 17 Aug 2002 21:31

Marcus Wendel wrote:See also the "Happy Birthday, Leni!" thread.

/Marcus


She looks better than a lot of women half her age.

Good 'Aryan' genes. :wink:

Franz

fju
Member
Posts: 118
Joined: 15 Aug 2002 20:58
Location: canada

Riefenstahl picture

Post by fju » 17 Aug 2002 21:51

Max Brandt wrote:Very alive indeed.

Can anyone date the above posted photo of Fraulein Riefenstahl?

Is is a good photo.

Ragards.


Hi Max,

The picture is from one of her 'mountain' films, I would guess early thirties. It is from an exhibition in Cologne.

Franz

Here's another one:

Image

Return to “Women in the Reich”