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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: April 2007 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. Paul | 12/2/2013

    " If you like nazis, women, master manipulation, and film... you're golden... if you are looking for the most enthralling read... this just made me want to read her actual autobio... decent read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Hyatt | 11/30/2013

    " This compelling biography was written by a former colleague of mine at Bennington college; Riefenstahl was a controversial filmmaker best known for the propaganda films she created for the Third Reich. Fascinating to read about her life and how her ambition surpassed any sense of morality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Jones-Kelley | 6/9/2013

    " An interesting and informative counterweight to the great director's post-war efforts to portray herself as the innocent artist who only pursued her genius. The genius is undoubted, the innocence not so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry | 11/30/2012

    " Perfect biography. Steven Bach shows us what moved Riefenstahl to use her incredible talent to promote Hitler's evil cause. And how she spent the rest of her life playing the victim of circumstance. Very dark. Excellently written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KC | 8/7/2012

    " Eh, I'm stopping 50 pages from the end. I feel I have the information I need for my paper about her. FRankly, she isn't as interesting as I thought she'd be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victor | 8/1/2012

    " An interesting story about an interesting historical character.....but not that interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelsey | 3/29/2012

    " An amazing look into the life of a fascinating woman "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 10/12/2010

    " An excellent approach to a very controversial figure. As the saying goes, denial is not just a river in Egypt. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 9/7/2010

    " i made it about half way through - moved slow, a lot of granular detail about relationships. would have liked more cultural context surrounding the stages of her life... maybe that happened eventually but i'll likely never know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivablur | 9/4/2010

    " I am a couple of chapters into this book and I am enjoying the portrait of Weimar Germany and her single-minded ambition. Little acknowledged causes of the Third Reich- Alpine movies and inflation. I am also learning that Madonna has more than a little Leni in her, if you will forgive the imagery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liga | 8/31/2010

    " Bach is a master with capital M in balancing irony with facts to unmask the (not-so-)glossy Leni Riefestahl's life. Even though his writing is sometimes very dense with names and facts, the story is fascinating. She is a demon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesselyn | 4/25/2010

    " A very well researched, written, and even-handed biography. I found the abundance of first-hand source material made the work especially credible. I also quite enjoyed the female narrator of the audiobook - I felt she really brought a lot of life to the work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 KC | 2/19/2010

    " Eh, I'm stopping 50 pages from the end. I feel I have the information I need for my paper about her. FRankly, she isn't as interesting as I thought she'd be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/12/2010

    " 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 Kelsey | 10/19/2009

    " An amazing look into the life of a fascinating woman "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 11/23/2008

    " An interesting and informative counterweight to the great director's post-war efforts to portray herself as the innocent artist who only pursued her genius. The genius is undoubted, the innocence not so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liga | 7/27/2008

    " Bach is a master with capital M in balancing irony with facts to unmask the (not-so-)glossy Leni Riefestahl's life. Even though his writing is sometimes very dense with names and facts, the story is fascinating. She is a demon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 6/11/2008

    " This compelling biography was written by a former colleague of mine at Bennington college; Riefenstahl was a controversial filmmaker best known for the propaganda films she created for the Third Reich. Fascinating to read about her life and how her ambition surpassed any sense of morality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/15/2008

    " An excellent approach to a very controversial figure. As the saying goes, denial is not just a river in Egypt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivablur | 12/27/2007

    " I am a couple of chapters into this book and I am enjoying the portrait of Weimar Germany and her single-minded ambition. Little acknowledged causes of the Third Reich- Alpine movies and inflation. I am also learning that Madonna has more than a little Leni in her, if you will forgive the imagery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 stuart | 3/26/2007

    " Great book. Great read. Beautifully written. "

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