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Judy Gray is a guest contributor at Movies on Chatham and our resident Latin expert. Born and raised in Texas and a graduate of SMU, she brings that "Lone Star" passion and independence to her projects and writing.

Leni Riefenstahl: A Life Well-Lived–Or Not?

The trouble with this tale, like so many others from Riefenstahl, is that it’s almost certainly rubbish.
—Farran Smith Nehme, The Guardian

Leni Riefenstahl has been the subject of, or associated with, a great amount of literary effort over the 101 years of her life—remembered today as an accomplished but controversial contributor to the history and advancement of film as a cultural form. The above quote likely reflects the author’s frustration in sifting through the literature.

Disparagingly called the “Nazi pin-up girl,”1 Helene Bertha Amalie Riefenstahl, “Leni,” is best known for her role as director of documentary films portraying the power of the Nazi movement (“Leni Riefenstahl”, 1973; “Leni Riefenstahl”, 2017). Continue reading Leni Riefenstahl: A Life Well-Lived–Or Not?

Finding meaning in American Graffiti: To Write or Rite of Passage?

American Graffiti (1973) is a coming-of-age film directed by George Lucas, and one of the most profitable blockbusters of the twentieth century. Set in Modesto, California in 1962, it contains four story lines of teenage angst and comedy. Can you decide what the title signifies? Continue reading Finding meaning in American Graffiti: To Write or Rite of Passage?