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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Leni Riefenstahl, a Memoir

The world was black and white to them, especially in the years after the War. That being said, she still seems unable to be able to see Hitler for the criminal that he was. I knew nothing about Leni prior to reading this book.

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Later, on her own, she directed a second mountain film, which was uncompleted at the war’s end. But like anything, when you have that much fame and success, there’ I knew nothing about Leni prior to reading this book. Mar 08, Stephanie rated it liked it. Leni Riefenstahl Leni Riefenstahl Limited preview – 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 of the century’s most remarkable and controversial women, Leni Riefenstahl is an artist of the first order.

Then she decides to meet Hitler and gets ensnared by the Reich, who apparently never directly financed her most famo 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. 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 developing a production technique that would come to full fruition in her documentaries, Triumph of the Will and Olympia.


She took up scuba diving at 72, and then went on to make underwater movies. Controversial indeed, but there is no denying that Riefenstahl is possibly the most innovative female film director and in every way, riefenatahl true artist. Oct 07, Martyn rated it really liked it. It was featured on the Memoi York Times list of notable books of the year. Some of her early life was a mystery to me, so I was able to understand her challenges, as well as to understand her mentors and the people she admired.

Worth a read, though, if you’re interested in Third Reich hangers-on, the German film industry, and the lengths to which a person will go to hold oneself inculpable for one’s actions. Riefenstahl’s memoir is vivid, detailed and oh so exciting to read and she finds every moment she can to tell her story and show her successes and failures. She insists on her apolitical freedom, and takes refuge from t Ms.

That is, not only the survival but the flourishing of certain types of women in Hitler’s Third Reich. Another view, this time explored by the author, who needs to justify her contacts with Hitler. Pages to import images memolr Wikidata. Oct 26, Ricardo rated it liked it. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

When the Nubans began wearing clothes and replacing their beautiful memir calabashes with plastic bottles, Riefenstahl, at the age of 72, took a course in scuba-diving and became an impressive underwater photographer.

Throughout the book she is constantly aware of keeping up her mask of ignorance while promoting her artistic talent. However when Leni tries to provide any form of self-analysis or reflection there are problems with her ego and her need to excuse herself for being associated with the likes of Hitler, Goebbels etc.

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I think about silent movies, women and Germany during the Nazi’s time. And what a life she had! It is also an interesting book, in that hers has been a life marked by the most drastic high and low points and by an inexpungable stamina. Any way, she was an outstanding woman Views Read Edit View history. Actually my rating 4 for the book.


Riefenstahl is an incredibly rare blend of a person lacking self-awareness with quite a healthy sense of self-worth and fascist tendencies. I read a review of it somewhere, and decided it would be good to know more about her. Hitler and his regime now belong to a past whose living memory no longer exists. A long but such a rewarding read. Her promising career as a creative dancer having been ended by a badly damaged knee, she became the leading actress in Arnold Fanck’s mystical, man-pitted-against-nature mountain films.

I have defeated you Leni Riefenstahl. Copyright Los Angeles Times. The fact that she refers to men she hires to literally play slaves in her slave movie to be called “Black Freight” near Uganda as “my blacks” in what seems like a complete lack of awareness for how referring to people you barely know in the possessive while being accused of involvement in human rights’ violations might be counterintuitive to a book where you’re trying to paint yourself as a saint is a strong argument example for how incapable she was at the end of her life of understanding how at any point she could have had an indirectly negative role in the Holocaust.

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. There is no such thing as too old. So, in many ways, she does reflect the ideology of the political movement that made her rise possible in the first place.