1902 - 2003
The actress Leni Riefenstahl belongs to one of the most fascinating but at the same time most controversial personalities of the 20th century.
She began her artistic career as a dancer after she defied the oppositon
of ther family. She took ballet lesson at the Russian ballet in Berlin
and she studied modern dancing with Mary Wigman. Her first dancing performance
followed in 1923.
When she saw the movie "Der Berg des Schicksals" in the cinema, she became involved completely to the world of the mountains. She wanted to experience this sight personally. She met the actor Luis Trenker and director Arnold Fanck who was interested in Leni Riefenstahl. As a result he wrote a script called "Der heilige Berg" (26) in which Leni Riefenstahl impersonated her first leading role.
After the "Der heilige Berg" Leni Riefenstahl became a demanded actress.
She wasn't oversensitive and found her way in the rough scenery of the
cold mountains extremely well. She climbed peaks, was skiing and defied
the most adverse circumstances. The mountain movie became her great domain.
For "Das blaue Licht" (32) she directed a movie for the first time,
a field where she should go down in history during the time of the National
Leni Riefenstahl was exposed to reproaches after the war because of her works between 1933 and 1945. Iowever in the denazification procedures she was graded as a "hanger-on" or "not affected".
Leni Riefenstahl didn't have great successes after the war. It lasted
till 1973 when she published several large sized photo volumes about the
Nuba tribe in Sudan. Her works as a photographer attracted great attention
She refused her consent to a filming of her live which was
planned by the actress and director Jodie Foster but you can suppose that
in the near future there will be a cinematic biography about Leni Riefenstahl.
Other movies with Leni Riefenstahl