BERLIN, Germany -- Photographer and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, best known for the Nazi propaganda films "Triumph of the Will" and "Olympia," has died at the age of 101....
Ever since visiting Nuremburg and Dachau in the 1960's and again in the 1980’s I have been intrigued by the "Nazi Art Movement" of the 30's & 40's (not in an admiring way) I wondered what kind of propaganda it would take to motivate an entire nation to create evil on an industrial scale. One of the most fascinating people, and an amazing survivor, of that period was Leni Riefenstahl.
Leni Riefenstahl produced Triumph of the Will and Olympia. These are the two classic fimographys that pushed the Nazi message across the world. As even some Jewish art professors will tell you, they were stunning works of filmmaking. The visual imagry she created was groundbreaking. She had the soul of a great filmmaker. The problem is she pushed the most evil agenda to ever visit mankind. She went to her grave claiming to be innocent and just a simple documentarian.
A few years ago I stumbled across this documentary of her life: The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1994). Go to your public library and request to borrow the tape. It was an amazing look into the mind of an un-repentant, yet deeply in denial, Nazi sympathizer. One of the best documentaries I have ever seen. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...s=dvd&n=507846
May Satan have fun burning her soul.