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Klaus Eder <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 20 Jun 1994 14:38:17 +0200
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>Date:    Sun, 19 Jun 1994 15:08:00 PDT
>From:    Alison McKee <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: Leni Riefenstahl
>What is the title of Riefenstahl's autobiography, and has it been translated
>into English (I guess I'm assuming it was written in German)?  When was it
Leni Riefenstahl, MEMOIREN. Albrecht Knaus Verlag, Muenchen/Hamburg 1987.
928 pages.
As I read German, I did not care about translations. Maybe someone else
reading these lines might know?
>I recently saw "The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl" and thought
>it was one of the best documentaries (certainly the best on
>Riefenstahl) I'd seen recently.  It presented a critical but
>extraordinarily nuanced perspective toward Riefenstahl and her
>work, even as it questioned some of its own assumptions
>and rhetorical strategies.
>Alison McKee
>Department of Film and Television
I am not so very sure if I can share your opinion. I do not want to
critisize the filmmaker. He had best intentions and did what he could do.
But Mrs. Riefenstahl is a very obstinate person. I saw her leaving life tv
discussions because someone said something which she disliked. She went to
court because a German documentary filmmaker (Nina Gladitz) had dared to say
that she had used, for TIEFLAND, as statists, gipsies from a Nazi camp (She
lost the case: it was proved that she indeed had made her films with gypsies
from a Nazi camp). I am sure that she never would allow any filmmaker to say
something which she hasn't approved. The documentary indeed gives some
information on how she worked. But in all political and ideological
questions I am afraid the documentarist became her victim. Sorry.
--- Klaus
Klaus Eder Munich
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