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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (171 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Bach Narrator: Henrietta Tiefenthaler Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler's filmmaker, remains one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century. Susan Sontag, though one of her severest critics, said that Triumph of the Will and Olympia, Riefenstahl's most noted films, may be the two greatest documentaries ever made. Others see her story as an object lesson about opportunism: the story of an ambitious narcissist and unrepentant Nazi sympathizer whose glorifications of Hitler and the Third Reich helped pave the way for the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust. Bach lets the facts speak for themselves, including many newly uncovered, and the facts are rarely kind to Riefenstahl.

We see Riefenstahl at the age of 100 as someone who could face the cameras to announce that, as a member of Greenpeace, she mourned the fates of sea creatures that die in transport from their native habitats to the aquariums of the world, but could not express remorse for the millions of Jews, gypsies, and others murdered by the Third Reich and the Fuhrer she elevated to myth. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cari | 2/13/2014

    " 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 biased...the author plainly feels nothing but antipathy for his subject) history of Riefenstahl, Hitler's propagandist and creator of the Triumph of the Will. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matt | 1/25/2014

    " Bach hacks through a lot of oft-contradictory bullshit, much of it spread by Riefenstahl herself, to create a mostly coherent narrative. Impressive, that. Still, it could be slightly less obviously anti-Riefenstahl. I'm not convinced Bach even likes her as an artist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by stuart | 1/17/2014

    " Great book. Great read. Beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Collin | 1/16/2014

    " The master who manipulated the entire Nazi regime to finance and produce the most compelling art of the 20th century while dazzling the devil into preventing her own life. "

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