Annotated Resources leni riefenstahl

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Annotated Resources - LENI RIEFENSTAHL

  • "Just What did Leni Riefenstahl's Lens See?", New York Times, 15 Mar 1994

  • note date 1994, "The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl" had been released in 1993

  • note publication - The New York Times - perspective? credibility?

  • web activity to do for Triumph of the Will

  • consider source -US Public Broadcasting Service "is a private, non-profit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation's 349 public television stations" (webpage)

  • Activity suggests you consider the editing process - esp. how symbols (eg eagles, flags) are juxtaposed against shots of Nazi leaders. How images of power are created by use of long shots and then positioned against close-ups of the crowd (humanising effect).

  • Good collection of quotes and other sources

  • This site focuses on Triumph of the Will via an analysis of propaganda

  • Questions to answer

  • Quotes from Leni Riefenstahl and others

  • Leni Riefenstahl's official site. Read it carefully and note the language used to describe films and events in Leni Riefenstahl's life

  • Some photographs not published before

  • Very limited mention of the Party Rally films via text or film on this site

    • "Leni Riefenstahl's "Olympia": Brilliant Cinematography or Nazi Propaganda?" by Robert C. Schneider and William F. Stier, Physical Education and Sport Department, State University of New York

    • Propaganda or not propaganda - both perspectives discussed from a sports history point of view

  • A Leni Riefenstahl fan site maintained by Patrick Zarate

  • Leni as artist perspective

  • "My analysis is that the campaign waged against her and her art emanates from preconceived ideas. Distorted ideas".

  • Examine the editorial and FAQ for arguments to support this view

  • Sample essay response - (secondary / tertiary level) ´Riefenstahl is no artist…Riefenstahl was a Nazi propagandist"

  • Opposite perspective to the previous site

  • Critical artistic perspective - what role should art play in our society?

  • References to Susan Sontag's criticism of Riefenstahl

  • Sample essay response (secondary level)- working through Riefenstahl's career chronologically.

  • Read this essay critically and identify the student's attempts to respond critically to Riefenstahl's Nazi films

  • "Riefenstahl’s Fascist and Non-fascist Aesthetics”

  • Sample essay response (tertiary level)- defining and discussing "fascist aesthetics" (a key point in Susan Sontag's criticism of Riefenstahl)

  • Art and politics with reference to Triumph of the Will and Olympia

  • Susan Sontag: 'Fascinating Fascism' in Under the Sign of Saturn, Farrar Straus Giroux © 1975 by Susan Sontag

  • Are you looking for something more complex?? This site reproduces Sontag's article on Fascist Aesthetics


Triumph of the Will, Leni Riefenstahl, 1935

Olympia, Leni Riefenstahl, 1938

The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, Ray Muller, 1993

Leni Riefenstahl -The Fuhrer's Filmmaker, 1997

Some books

The Sieve of Time. The Memoirs of Leni Riefenstahl, Leni Riefenstahl, 1992

Five Lives, Angelika Taschen, Taschen, 2002

A Portrait of Leni Riefenstahl, Audrey Salkeld, Jonathan Cape, London, 1996

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