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Leni Riefenstahl’s Memoiren is the autobiography of German film director, Leni books of the year. Editions of the book also appear as The Sieve of Time: The Memoirs of Leni Riefenstahl (UK) and Leni Riefenstahl: A Memoir (US). A Memoir has ratings and 35 reviews. Jessica said: I have defeated you Leni Riefenstahl. A part of me believes this woman is a liar and a sociopath. Filmmaker for Adolf Hitler and top film executive for the Third Reich, Riefenstahl ( b. ) portrays herself, in this unconvincing, self-justifying autobiography.

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Jul 25, Mark rated it liked it Shelves: Though she kept saying that she had neither no knowledge nor interest in politics whatsoever, unfortunately the fact is that she wouldn’t be in where she was during the Nazi period without certain degrees keni support from the Nazis.

Actually my rating 4 for the book.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Susan Sontag in an essay later debated – The book was a very interesting read beginning to end. That decision haunts her to the end of her life and dogs her career, which after the war consists of denazification tribunals, libel suits, and bouts of poverty.

Refresh and try again. Copyright Los Angeles Times. I found it hard to get a handle on this book, Leni presents herself as a woman with a very direct personality and who is strong and almost obsessively driven to succeed in a world were women where still treated as lesser citizens.

Memoif her claims of ignorance are unconvincing – surely the writing was on the wall. Feb 20, Calvin rated it did not like it Shelves: There is no such thing as too old.

Riefennstahl of the book also appear as The Sieve of Time: Too much of it was too personal. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. In the s she re-established herself as an artist with her photographs of the Sudanese Nubans, a tribe of physically superb warriors untainted by modern civilization.


Riefenstahl recounts her rieffenstahl as the foremost film director of the Third Reich who directed films such as Triumph of the Will and Olympia. I would venture to guess that she belonged to the tradition of Teutonic romanticism, which dovetailed very smoothly into the blazoned Wagnerian scenario of the Nazis. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

But that really doesn’t explain the infatuation over Hitler. I had absolutely no idea that she remained a public figure into the eighties or that she had had a later career as a photographer. Controversial indeed, but there is no denying that Riefenstahl is possibly the most innovative female film director and in every way, a true artist.

And she was absolutely talented in whatever she chose to do. This is one of those times.

A Memoir by Leni Riefenstahl

Susan Sontag in an essay later debated – and I believe she won – in an argument with Leni Riefenstahl for the artists do riefrnstahl responsibility for their work. Later, on her own, she directed a second mountain film, which was uncompleted at the war’s end.

She insists on her apolitical freedom, and takes refuge from the many cases of innuendo which built up around her after the war, in her artistry, as well as her own freedom of racial prejudices, memori the consequences of having been a witness to the intrigues of and first person intimate of Adolf Hitler give this book a historical weight all of its own.

Mar 08, Stephanie rated it liked lenu. Leni would have none of it.

Leni Riefenstahl: A Memoir – Leni Riefenstahl – Google Books

I read a review of it somewhere, and decided it would be good to know more about her. The self-serving reminiscences of a Nazi propagandist and collaborator who refused to admit it.

If she had been a Swiss documentarist, she’d get a few lines in a film history book, some intro class screenings, and that would be that.

One can tell she is aware that the reader has already convicted her as a Nazi collaborator in his or her mind, and she dances around her life story in an effort to prove her innocence. Those passages about filming on mountains and on the perilous icebergs of Greenland are beautiful and terrifying.


That is, not only the survival but the flourishing of certain types of women in Hitler’s Third Reich. I was disappointed with her lack of responsibility for the work she did during WWII. Foremost because she had not lost her dignity passing through the life But what is there is a stunning record of how Riefenstahl came of age and entered the German film industry when it was at its height, making Mountain Films and riefwnstahl a production technique that would come to full fruition riiefenstahl her documentaries, Triumph of the Will and Olym Leni Riefenstahl died inwhen she was years old, the last surviving member rieenstahl Hitler’s inner circle.

It would be impossible to say she did not make an impact on the way films are made. The propaganda value of her films made during the s repels most modern commentators but many film histories cite the aesthetics as outstanding. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. She seems to have been well accepted by the Americans and British.

A Memoir: A Memoir

The book was a very interesting read beginning to end. And to even gain and own that power to film documentaries for Nazi Germany, one must have shown some degree of loyalty so that people would place trust in her. The memoir is a chronicle of self-worship and self-pity. It’s impossible to consider Riefenstahl’s And artists who do not take a stand when historical events demand it think apartheid they must live their shame for being on the wrong side.

Although she says that Hitler had to argue her into making a documentary and that she agreed to do so against her will, feeling that the genre was alien to her, she directed four official Nazi documentaries between and Her first picture, an enormously successful mountain epic, called her to Memoirr attention.