Biography

Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl (22 August 1902 – 8 September 2003) was a German film director, actress and dancer widely noted for her aesthetics and innovations as a filmmaker. Her most famous film was Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will), made at the 1934 Nuremberg congress of the Nazi Party. Riefenstahl's prominence in the Third Reich along with her personal friendship with Adolf Hitler thwarted her film career following Germany's defeat in World War II, after which she was arrested but released without any charges.

Triumph of the Will gave Riefenstahl instant and lasting international fame, as well as infamy. Although she directed only eight films, just two of which received significant coverage outside of Germany, Riefenstahl was widely known all her life. The propaganda value of her films made during the 1930s repels most modern commentators but many film histories cite the aesthetics as outstanding. The Economist wrote that Triumph of the Will "sealed her reputation as the greatest female filmmaker of the 20th century".

In the 1970s Riefenstahl published her still photography of the Nuba tribes in Sudan in several books such as The Last of the Nuba. She was active up until her death and also published marine life stills and released the marine-based film Impressionen unter Wasser in 2002.

After her death, the Associated Press described Riefenstahl as an "acclaimed pioneer of film and photographic techniques". Der Tagesspiegel newspaper in Berlin noted, "Leni Riefenstahl conquered new ground in the cinema". The BBC said her documentaries "were hailed as groundbreaking film-making, pioneering techniques involving cranes, tracking rails, and many cameras working at the same time".

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Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl (22 August 1902 – 8 September 2003) was a German film director, actress and dancer widely noted for her aesthetics and innovations as a filmmaker. Her most famous film was Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will), made at the 1934 Nuremberg congress of the Nazi Party. Riefenstahl's prominence in the Third Reich along with her personal friendship with Adolf Hitler thwarted her film career following Germany's defeat in World War II, after which she was arrested but released without any charges.

Triumph of the Will gave Riefenstahl instant and lasting international fame, as well as infamy. Although she directed only eight films, just two of which received significant coverage outside of Germany, Riefenstahl was widely known all her life. The propaganda value of her films made during the 1930s repels most modern commentators but many film histories cite the aesthetics as outstanding. The Economist wrote that Triumph of the Will "sealed her reputation as the greatest female filmmaker of the 20th century".

In the 1970s Riefenstahl published her still photography of the Nuba tribes in Sudan in several books such as The Last of the Nuba. She was active up until her death and also published marine life stills and released the marine-based film Impressionen unter Wasser in 2002.

After her death, the Associated Press described Riefenstahl as an "acclaimed pioneer of film and photographic techniques". Der Tagesspiegel newspaper in Berlin noted, "Leni Riefenstahl conquered new ground in the cinema". The BBC said her documentaries "were hailed as groundbreaking film-making, pioneering techniques involving cranes, tracking rails, and many cameras working at the same time".

Description above from the Wikipedia article Leni Riefenstahl, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 30

Birthday 1902-08-22

Day of Death 2003-09-08

Place of Birth Berlin, Germany

Official Site http://www.leni-riefenstahl.de/deu/indexd.html

Also Known As

  • 레니 리펜슈탈

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 Speer und er: Nachspiel - Die Täuschung as Herself
2005 Speer and Hitler as Herself
2003 Leni Riefenstahl: Her Dream of Africa
2002 Underwater Impressions
2002 Sandra Maischberger meets Leni Riefenstahl as Herself
2002 From Stag Beetle to Swastika
2000 Kino kolossal - Herkules, Maciste & Co as Herself (archive footage)
1997 Birth of a Nation as Herself
1995 The Night of the Filmmakers as Herself
1993 The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl as Herself
1977 Games of the XXI Olympiad as Herself - Spectator
1976 Memories of Berlin: Twilight of Weimar Culture
1972 Memories of a Summer in Berlin as herself
1954 Lowlands as Martha
1938 Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations as herself
1934 S.O.S. Iceberg as Ellen Lawrence
1933 S.O.S. Iceberg as Hella Lorenz
1932 The Blue Light as Junta
1931 White Ecstasy as Leni
1930 Storm Over Mont Blanc as Hella Armstrong
1929 White Hell of Pitz Palu as Maria Maioni
1928 Das Schicksal derer von Habsburg as Maria Vetsera
1927 The Big Jump as Gita
1926 The Holy Mountain as Diotima
1925 Ways to Strength and Beauty

Directing

2002 Underwater Impressions Director
1954 Lowlands Director
1938 Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty Director
1938 Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations Director
1935 Day of Freedom - Our Armed Forces Director
1935 Triumph of the Will Director
1933 Victory of the Faith Director
1932 The Blue Light Director

Writing

2002 Underwater Impressions Writer
1954 Lowlands Screenplay
1941 Hoch der Lambeth Valk Idea
1938 Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty Screenplay
1938 Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations Screenplay
1935 Triumph of the Will Screenplay
1932 The Blue Light Story

Production

1954 Lowlands Producer
1938 Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty Producer
1938 Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations Producer
1935 Triumph of the Will Producer
1932 The Blue Light Producer

Editing

1954 Lowlands Editor
1938 Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty Editor
1938 Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations Editor
1935 Triumph of the Will Editor
1932 The Blue Light Editor

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