Written and Directed by Ray Müller
A documentary about the life and work of Leni Riefenstahl, German film director notorious for making propaganda films for the Nazis.
If Riefenstahl were anyone else, this footage alone would justify a documentary. The images of her exploring the ocean bottom are extraordinary, holding out the promise that old age can be held indefinitely at bay. But Riefenstahl has not, of course, lived a normal life, and the actions which will forever define her reputation took place not in her 60s but in her 30s, when she directed two documentaries that will always be linked with Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party.
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Canby, V. (1993, Oct 14). The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl; Riefenstahl, in a long close-up. The New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/1993/10/14/movies/the-wonderful-horrible-life-of-leni-riefenstahl-riefenstahl-in-a-long-close-up.html
Ebert, R. (1994, Jun 24). The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl – movie review. Retrieved from https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-wonderful-horrible-life-of-leni-riefenstahl-1994