One remarkable women, five remarkable careers: Leni Riefenstahl is the exception to the rule, she has excelled in each field and is one of the most important and controversial artists of the 20th century.
The crux of controversy that overshadows Riefenstahl's career is her hand-picked appointment, by Adolf Hitler, to direct the infamous National Socialist Party rally film, Triumph of the Will. Although, according to her memoirs, Riefenstahl tried to withdraw from the film, she created a film that depicted Hitler's plane descending from the clouds as if it carried a god and she has been accused "of having significantly increased, by means of this film, the emotional bond of the Germans to Hitler". Riefenstahl then went on to direct the German film Olympia covering the 1936 Olympics. With World War II came great change and Riefenstahl's eventual imprisonment by the French. In her later years she continued her photography career by documenting her trips to Africa and getting her scuba licence in her 70s. Her close-up underwater pictures of sea life float like a dream in vivid colour. As damning as her association with the Nazis is, Riefenstahl is a complex and talented artist. This book is full of remarkable images of her acting and directorial career as well as her still-photography. Includes a detailed biography of her life and career complete with family and personal pictures.--JP Cohen
Just as you assume that this is a great coffee table book you will find that there is more too it. Luckily the pictures are not cluttered or distracted by alpha pneumonics. All the descriptions are in a separate section. The title of the book is appropriate as it portray s the different vocations of Leni. (Dancer, Actress, Director, Photographer, Diver)
This book also enhances the viewing experience of Leni's films.
"How could I not admire you, for you are the genius of film and have raised it to heights seldom achieved." Jean Cocteau