Leni Riefenstahl is one of the most fascinating and controversial personalities of the twentieth century. Best known as 'Hitler's filmmaker', Riefenstahl made two documentaries, OLYMPIA and TRIUMPH OF THE WILL, acknowledged to be among the greatest films ever made. But they are insidious glorifications of the Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. ...
Leni Riefenstahl is one of the most fascinating and controversial personalities of the twentieth century. Best known as 'Hitler's filmmaker', Riefenstahl made two documentaries, OLYMPIA and TRIUMPH OF THE WILL, acknowledged to be among the greatest films ever made. But they are insidious glorifications of the Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Drawing on new primary sources - recordings of Riefenstahl herself, interviews with her colleagues and intimate friends - Steven Bach puts the lie to her lifelong portrayal of herself as an apolitical artist who knew nothing of the Holocaust, firmly denying her connection to the Nazi regime. The facts speak for themselves: Riefenstahl's passionate involvement with the Nazis from their earliest days; the secret agreements that financed her career and supported her in later life; her visits to concentration camps and use of slave labour courtesy of the Third Reich - and more. This is an exceptional work of historical investigation, an objective but unsparing appraisal of a woman of great talent who was corrupted by ruthless ambition.
Acceptable. Former Library book. Paperback The item is fairly worn but still readable. Signs of wear include aesthetic issues such as scratches, worn covers, damaged binding. The item may have identifying markings on it or show other signs of previous use. May have page creases, creased spine, bent cover or markings inside. Packed with care, shipped promptly.
Very Good. 5 x 8. This is a new book with shelfwear to cover/edges and wrinkle portion of binding edge. It presents a revealing biography, based on primary sources, of the life and works of Riefenstahl and her role as photographer and filmmaker in Germany and during the Nazi regime. Illustrated.
Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Good reading copy. A slight tan to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day.
This is an authoritative work on Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler's propaganda queen via her films for the Nazi regime. Her film 'Triumph of the Will' was a triumph for her as well.
The book has been thoroughly researched by Steven Bach, with some interesting and exquisite black-and-white photographs. A lot has been written about Riefenstahl, but It may be a long time before anyone writes a better biography of her in any language.
The impression one gets is that she did what she did because she must have believed in the Nazi cause, whatever she may have said after the war ended. All things considered, she was always brilliant at disseminating propaganda, but she was also enigmatic, fascinating and charismatic, as portrayed in this brilliant biography.
Alibris, the Alibris logo, and Alibris.com are registered trademarks of Alibris, Inc.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.