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Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi photo art February 6, 2015

Posted by anagasto in history, photography, WWII.
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Leni Riefenstahl goes shopping

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Leni Riefenstahl looking angry

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She was a dancer and an actress, and then she became a movie director.

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Speer's fabulous dome of light

She  shared everybody’s  admiration for Hitler and she had the artistic sense, the technical preparation and the  endurance to translate the leadership’s most grandiose visions into film.

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immense Nazi solemnity

A simple secret was in the proportions : immense spaces where a man is just a speck on the ground, less than a speck in the Universe, and seen from up close he is a beautiful and highly agile body.

This idea works on people like a drug lifting them out of the drag of everyday life.
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jesse owens Munich olympics

Leni was a great photographer. Her films and photos received all the world’s most prestigious awards.
The photo below is from the 1936 Olympic games in Munich at www.youtube.com/Jesse Owens

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Munich Olympics with Nazi decor

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Leni assembling her film

She was also  pretty and the men that governed the Reich bowed to her beauty. She had no time for them. She worked day and night on her films.

At the time a film consisted of thousands of photos that had to be hand-cut and assembled.
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Leni living among the NUba

When the war ended, she fled. She ended up in Africa and became again famous as the author of a bestselling photo book about the Nuba and what they look like.

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Riefenstahl Nuba girl with baby

There are not many photos about women,  even fewer about children and none about old people.

In general, Leni’s interests are zoological rather than cultural, but her photoraphy is world class.
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Later, as a very old lady she learnt how to scuba-dive and she wrote the story of her life, a great book.

Intellectually she took guidance from pop science with bows to Fate, Nature and even Death, which she pictured as a return to some supreme harmony.

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riefenstahl directing her film
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Just like Hitler’s star architect, she had been an outstanding professional, polite, kind, hard-working, and completely devoid of any second thoughts about the “new age” that had dawned on Germany.

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She never tried to fathom the meaning of the past. When her critics said that her greatest documentaries were basically Nazi propaganda, she answered:

leni-riefenstahl fantasy “Oh, no! Not at all! They only show the truth!”

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Riefenstahl army parade

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Nürnberg Nazi solemnity

you can see part of her “The Triumph of the Will”.

You can watch 1000000  people shouting and praying heil, heil, heil .

You will also see kids  getting ready to give their lives for the Führer.

Riefenstahl’s own webpage is at http://leni-riefenstahl.de/ both in German and in (somewhat uneven) English.

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Comments»

1. newman - February 19, 2009

thanks for bringing her work to my attention,

best regards

newman

2. kurt wangler - July 7, 2009

Would you know of any book or newspaper articles on fascist philosophy? Or do you have any sources for some of the more surprising associations presented above as e.g. the link between fascism and death or fascism and ideas of grandeur.

3. cantueso - July 7, 2009
4. J.R.S. - September 23, 2009

The link you gave to some Reifensthal video on Youtube doesn’t work.

cantueso - September 23, 2009

To JRS

Try again. It works for me


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