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  • Title: Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl
  • Author: Steven Bach
  • ISBN: 9780375404009
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The definitive biography of Leni Riefenstahl, the woman best known as Hitler s filmmaker, one of the most fascinating and controversial personalities of the twentieth century It is the story of huge talent and huger ambition, one that probes the sometimes blurred borders dividing art and beauty from truth and humanity Two of Riefenstahl s films, Olympia and Triumph ofThe definitive biography of Leni Riefenstahl, the woman best known as Hitler s filmmaker, one of the most fascinating and controversial personalities of the twentieth century It is the story of huge talent and huger ambition, one that probes the sometimes blurred borders dividing art and beauty from truth and humanity Two of Riefenstahl s films, Olympia and Triumph of the Will, are universally regarded as the greatest and most innovative documentaries ever made, but they are also insidious glorifications of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich Now, in this masterful new biography, Steven Bach reveals the truths and lies behind this gifted woman s lifelong self vindication as an apolitical artist who claimed she knew nothing of the Holocaust and denied her complicity with the criminal regime she both used and sanctified The facts and her actions, many unknown until now, bear chilling witness her passionate enthusiasm for Hitler from her first reading of Mein Kampf her involvements with Nazi leaders Joseph Goebbels, Martin Bormann, Albert Speer, and Julius Streicher, who advanced her career, and with Hitler, who personally helped finance it We see her after the war trying to sell footage to Hollywood under an alias Bach gives us an exceptional work of historical investigation that untangles the past and is also an appraisal of a woman of spectacular gifts.
    Leni The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl The definitive biography of Leni Riefenstahl the woman best known as Hitler s filmmaker one of the most fascinating and controversial personalities of the twentieth century It is the story of huge t

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    1. This book is a book about a woman who was a German who is dead now Before she was dead, she was alive and a dancer when she was younger, but dancer should really be in quotes because she danced like Ed Grimley sometimes, and at other times she danced like swatting wasp colonies and at still other times she danced like scraping dog poo off shoes If you don t believe me about the dancing , please see her first movie, which was a mountain movie called The Holy Mountain 1926 In the silent movie era [...]

    2. What garlic is to salad, insanity is to art Saint GaudensAuthor Steven Bach, who presided over the failure of United Artists he just wasnt smart , brings his malicious pen to smear every aspect of That Monster, in his view, Leni Of course, iggynorunts, of which there are many, know nothing of her except what the crackpot emotionalists scream and they get messy orgasms Be advised.Leni was an obsessive, self centered and, yes, a demented cineaste who d do anything to make a movie Pauline Kael call [...]

    3. Brilliant but petty and cruel but unfortunately that s the author, not the subject Not since Albert Goldman s ELVIS has a dense, full length biography of a sexy, glamorous larger than life legend been written with such sadistic relish, such delicious malicious bitchery and pure venomous guile.There s no question that Leni Riefenstahl, the stunningly beautiful German woman who made hypnotic propaganda films for the Nazis, was guilty of moral cowardice and hypocrisy, if not during the war, then ce [...]

    4. Such interesting content that is often tainted by the author s suffocating agenda History itself lends judgement, but here is obfuscated when guided by this writer s subjective opinions.

    5. I m not sure if I would ve been able to finish this if it weren t summer break was fascinating and slow at the same time But because it was summer break, I could spend big chunks of time reading, and I m glad I did What an interesting womant admirablebut smart, strong, visionary, stubborn Zero empathy, though, and in my opinion responsible for horrors The verdict of fellow traveller was mistaken But she is fascinating nonetheless This was a good read and I m glad I spent the time.

    6. A readable, if flawed, biography of the German film maker, Leni Riefenstahl Riefenstahl rose from a perfectly ordinary working class Berlin childhood to being one of the key propagandists of the Third Reich Despite her later disavowals of any knowledge or complicity, Steven Bach s biography makes it clear that Riefenstahl was ruthless, narcissistic, utterly lacking in self awareness, and quite attached to Hitler It s true that she may not have been a fascist, ideologically speaking, but I think [...]

    7. It s a rare thing, to go into reading a biography thinking not entirely positive things about its subject Leni Riefenstahl Nazi propagandist being something of a kicker and yet to come away thinking even worse of them Usually a biography humanizes even the stoniest of subjects He was a mass murdering fuckwit, but he really loved his dogs wife grandkids, y know , but Bach s well researched chronicle of the life and times of Riefenstahl has the opposite effect with the cumulative facts of her life [...]

    8. The author pulls no punches here as he dissects the amazing life of Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler s most effective propogandist She denied her role and involvement in the Third Reich throughout her 101 year life but one has only to read this book and see even snippets of her films to realize that she was the consummate apologist for her own behavior Bach has done considerable research and quotes from Riefenstahl s letters and Goebbles diary which put paid to her denials and evasions.There is no doubt [...]

    9. Obviously it s an interesting story, but the book too often strikes an unprofessional tone and seems too interested in arguing a case instead of letting the facts speak for themselves Even worse is the narration on the audiobook, which is plagued by poor phrasing, overacting, and mispronunciations so egregious my skin crawled If the writer had been confident in allowing the facts to speak for themselves I feel like there would be facts, a fuller picture, and less reliance of snarky, irrelevant [...]

    10. Steven Bach, a former UA studio executive, offers an unflinching account of the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl, paying particular attention to her postwar efforts to control and rewrite her relationship to the Nazi regime In doing so, he raises important questions about the relationship between form and content, between art and morality, and between aesthetics and politics that have relevance well beyond the specific question of Leni Riefenstahl s troubling relationship to Nazism For as Stev [...]

    11. imposible no sacarse el sombrero a esta biograf a de la reina de la autoconstrucci n de su imagen, la cineasta Leni Riefenstahl Bach, logra ser imparcial al describir todos los juicios que emprendi Leni para deshacerse del estigma de su pasado nazi y confrontarla con los dichos de quienes la conoc an como Albert Speer No deja de ser admirable el esfuerzo de Bach por retratar a una figura que hizo de la reescritura de su vida su mejor obra Imposible quedar indiferente a su esfuerzo y no dejar de [...]

    12. fascinating and spellbinding account of what happens when one tries to divorce content from execution, especially in hindsight unforgiving and highly critical of Riefenstahl, this biography nevertheless presents a deeply flawed, ambitious and unsatisfied woman who may have been a great filmmaker if not for her complicity in the third reich s horrors, or perhaps is only relevant because of that association.

    13. Leni By Steven Back is an autobiographical book about the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl Born a jew she grows to become a truthful character, filmmaker, and women s activist.

    14. This is an excellent biography It is well researched and very well written It is probably the best biography of Riefenstahl yet written.

    15. This biography of Leni Riefenstahl by Steven Bach is compelling reading It tells the tale of someone with great talent but also someone who could never come honestly to grips with her role in Nazi Germany Someone who, in the end, was a mediocre actress and dancer and a very talented filmmaker and photographer But even with her successes, many felt that with Riefenstahl, she put as much focus on herself as on her works And, with some of her works, critics noted that they were technically wonderfu [...]

    16. As of now, I am burying the idea that I need to finish every book I start For some books, the whole is much than the sum of the parts, so you gain immensely from pressing through to the end However for many books, especially non fictional works, you make the best use of your limited time by picking and choosing the most useful or interesting bits to read, and leaving the rest We are, after all, mortal.Leni was one such book that I didn t finish completely But I am going to review it anyway.This [...]

    17. Steven Bach does a professional and competent job with Leni s life, seldom allowing what one feels is disdain for his subject break the threshold into outright disgust It s quite a tightrope to walk, for one of the Reich s lesser lights and ambigious figures It s not as if he wrote a bio of Himmler where it need not be said the subject is abhorrent but fascinating Leni was vain, shallow, a not so gifted liar, a shapeshifter when it came to morality, yet gifted in her chosen field of cinema Bach [...]

    18. Riefenstahl biography reveals a multi faceted conundrum The sexually charged and Nazi friendly female filmmaker in a man s time 1930s 40s , place Nazi Germany , and business movie making, especially as a director and producer made two of the greatest movies ever made or denigrated Triumph of the Will recorded and glorified the 1935 Nazi party rally in Nuremburg and Olympiad actually a pair of movies focusing on the nationalistic results and the athletic beauty of the competition documented the 1 [...]

    19. This biography is the ultimate answer to any Riefenstahl apologist or admirer who claims that form can somehow be divorced from content, or anyone who holds Riefenstahl up as a feminist icon she wasn t above using tears, tantrums, or flirtation to get her way One only wishes that the evidence amassed by Bach had been available immediately following the war the fawning letters to my Fuhrer, Goebbels diary entries revealing their relationship wasn t as contentious as she claimed, her anti Semitic [...]

    20. Leni Riefenstahl is a really interesting person If you were going to give her the benefit of the doubt before reading this book, your opinion will likely change This book reveals a young Leni as a fame hungry man conqueror, and in later life she made a practice of rewriting her reality to justify her decisions.I didn t actually finish this book It would be a great book if you had to write a really detailed report about minor or maybe major, I don t know co conspirators in her personal social lad [...]

    21. Fascinating and frustrating You read the book and you can t help but think that Riefenstahl was made of Energizer batteries and Teflon Bach portrays Riefenstahl as unambiguously opportunistic, someone who used her talents supposedly undeniable when it came to filmmakingI haven t seen her films and everything but the kitchen sink to pursue her projects, no matter the disloyalties or casualties Even up to her dying day, she lied and distorted history with no apologies Bach doesn t really say defin [...]

    22. Inspired by the book The Extra by Kathryn Lansky, I decided to pick up this biography So glad I did Filled with not only info about the movie she made using the gypsies as extras from book mentioned above , but filled with so many interesting fact about her and several members of the Third Reich including Hitler I could not put this book down Each chapter made me say wow when I came across another fact I never knew Leni claimed to know nothing about the Holocaust but her photographs tell another [...]

    23. It was a tough book to read for many reasons The fact that she was a narcissistic, egomaniac was one of the things, that bothered me the most.I could not read this book page by page I skipped around alot.On the other hand, I could not believe what she got away with How in that day she could demand anything from anybody, yes including Hitler himself at least according to her.Using sexual favors with every man she met, she got what she wanted How she got away with not having a STD or a baby is a m [...]

    24. Horrible, self deluded, cinematic genies Someone who spent their entire life believing their own PR was the truth and never having a bit of remorse for anything they did Many biographers become someone temperamental about their subjects but not Bach He pulls no punches with this well researched and sweeping biography At times it is a primer for early cinema and a brief history of the rise of National Socialism in Germany This helps set the stage for Riefenstahl and here long and storied life of [...]

    25. In this book, Leni is not portrayed as a particularly universally lovable person, but in my opinion, a person who is deserving of some form of respect for all that she did to achieve her dreams I found her a fascinating person, and was admiring her strong work ethic She was not a perfect person, and the book rightfully criticizes her role in creating propaganda films but anyways, this was an interesting book about an interesting person I definitely felt uneasy about some of her moral choices.

    26. This is a fascinating book Leni Riefenstahl was an actress and filmmaker in Nazi Germany who directed two of the most infamous, yet brilliantly made, propaganda films ever produced Triumph of the Will and Olympia Mr Bach also explores Riefenstahl s work on other films as both actress and director Leni Riefenstahl is a fascinating historic character Based on this book, had I known Leni, I probably would not have liked her However, her life makes a very interesting story.

    27. A fascinating portrait Leni is shown to be a lifelong narcissist who constantly changes her own life story to fit her needs at the given time Bach never denies her talent for cinematography visual framing and effects , but points out how difficult she was to work with and how much money she expended on every production which probably explains her meager output, despite a long career in years.

    28. An in depth portrait of a brilliant artist and ultimately cold, easily detestable individual The loathsome use to which she put her artistic energy in the service of the Third Reich overshadows the rest of her career and her life A thorough if biasede author plainly feels nothing but antipathy for his subject history of Riefenstahl, Hitler s propagandist and creator of the Triumph of the Will.

    29. I wanted to read this because I am interested in the classic nude and all it s incarnations, including its fascist sides, which Leni Riefenstahl practically invented I was also interested in how a highly creative person recovers from being on the wrong side of history In short, the answer is, she doesn t, despite having contributed a pioneering stylistic repertoire to cinema that is referenced today still.

    30. A really interesting read Leni Riefenstahl has always intrigued me and this confirms my impression of her It also gives an excellent glimpse in to pre Nazi Weimar Germany and the film studios there It also shows her contradictory life and how she created a persona that conflicted with reality I have renewed interest in seeing her films again, now knowing some of the background behind them

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