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Alison McKee <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 21 Jun 1994 19:19:00 PDT
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While I continue to disagree with you, Klaus, about Mueller's documentary
on Riefenstahl, I wouldn't argue with you about your evaluation of
Riefenstahl herself or her work. The manner in which one
approaches the debate around Riefenstahl and her career and
frames one's own discussion of these issues is, of course, going
to be at least somewhat influenced by one's own cultural context and
relation to the history in question.  I do, indeed, appreciate learning
more about your perspective -- or, as you say, "how a German feels."
I have a (somewhat ignorant) question which I suspect I should know the
answer to but don't:  how long did the Allies' post-war ban on the
exhibition of Riefenstahl's films and Nazi propaganda last?  And what, if
any, are the present laws or regulations governing such matters?  A
close friend of mine who is German and in her early 30s recalls
seeing representative examples of Nazi print and film propaganda
(in school? on television?  I forget the venue) as she was
growing up in Cologne, but she says her exposure to such
material has been limited.  I'm wondering if this is typical for
someone of her age (she says it is).
Thanks for your comments.
Alison McKee
Department of Film and Television
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