Leni Riefenstahl’s Memoiren is the autobiography of German film director, Leni books of the year. Editions of the book also appear as The Sieve of Time: The Memoirs of Leni Riefenstahl (UK) and Leni Riefenstahl: A Memoir (US). A Memoir has ratings and 35 reviews. Jessica said: I have defeated you Leni Riefenstahl. A part of me believes this woman is a liar and a sociopath. Filmmaker for Adolf Hitler and top film executive for the Third Reich, Riefenstahl ( b. ) portrays herself, in this unconvincing, self-justifying autobiography.

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She has no problem blaming Goebbels and the rest of the Nazi crew, but her reverential–almost erotic– attitude towards Hitler is hard to digest. Leni Riefenstahl’s Memoiren Riefenstahl, like the aviatrix Hanna Reitsch, was something of a bohemian working outside the traditional social roles assigned to women.

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This page was last edited on 17 Februaryat There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Any way, she was an outstanding woman Books riefensathl Leni Riefenstahl. Nov 06, Alejandro Salgado B.

The world was black and white to them, especially in the years after the War. That is, not only meomir survival but the flourishing of certain types of women in Hitler’s Third Reich. It would be impossible to say she did not make an impact on the way films are made.

Riefenstahl is an incredibly rare blend of a person lacking self-awareness with quite a healthy sense of self-worth and fascist tendencies.

There was no middle ground anywhe The last 80 pages were good. But it is not the reason why her Memoirs are unbelievable: A part of me believes this woman is a liar and a sociopath As the blurb says, “as one of riefenstwhl most controversial and debated riefnestahl of the twenty first century” However, as a student studying the rise to prominence of Leni Riefenstahl and looking at it in a historical and source based analyse, it’s a hard and difficult praise.


If one is looking for some kind of insight and anecdotal observations on riefrnstahl Weimar film industry, major actors and directors of the period such as Emil Jannings, F.

I have defeated you Leni Riefenstahl. While, for me, the most interesting parts of her memoirs concern the Nazi years, particularly as regards her associations with leaders of the NDSAP, these do not constitute the bulk of her recollections. A overwhelming passion for life and a genuine spirit of joie de vivre permeates this work.

The Germans seemed to have gone from the extreme of accepting everything Hitler and the Nazis did to accepting nothing about the Nazis and Hitler. Though she kept ,emoir that she had neither no knowledge nor interest in politics whatsoever, unfortunately mdmoir fact is that she wouldn’t be in where she was during the Nazi period without certain degrees of support from the Nazis. She took up scuba diving at 72, and then went riefenstah to make underwater movies.

Throughout the book she is constantly aware of keeping up her mask of ignorance while promoting her artistic talent. These are the details I thought Leni chose to play down with so that she wouldn’t invite more criticism than what she already had.

When the Nubans began wearing clothes and replacing their beautiful wooden calabashes with plastic bottles, Riefenstahl, at the age of 72, took a course in scuba-diving and became an impressive underwater photographer.

She was 85 when she published this book I knew nothing about Rieefnstahl prior to reading this book. Jan 09, Erin Mallon rated it it was ok. To view it, click here. Martin’s Press is bringing out the book under the same editor. I read a review of it somewhere, z decided it would be good to know more about her.

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This one is so exciting that you often must put it down, lest you overdose on thrills. She insists on her apolitical freedom, and takes refuge from the many cases of innuendo which built up around her after the war, in her artistry, as well as her own freedom of racial prejudices, but the consequences of having been a witness to the intrigues of and first person intimate of Adolf Giefenstahl give this book a historical weight all of its own.


In this autobiography, she discusses her motivations, her history, her important friendships, and, most of all, her art. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. When you read this book it is imperative to read between the lines.

Oct 26, Steven rated it really liked it. And it did satisfy that need. It’s impossible to consider Riefenstahl’s That being said, she still seems unable to be able to see Hitler for the criminal that he was.

Still, I think the subject is impossibly engrossing for anyone who likes history, especially women in history. Along with insights into directing and camera work, Riefenstahl offers an emotional, powerful story of a woman who refuses to be defined by any terms other than her own. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

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Leni Riefenstahl died inwhen she was years old, the last surviving member of Hitler’s inner circle. This is great work of fiction. Her work with the Nuba people was impressive and I enjoyed learning of her adventures as she filmed under water scenes, memkir though she was very frail in her later years. I made it pages into this memoir, a shallow, narcissistic journey through the narrowed down, cleaned up story that Riefenstahl chose to present as her own at the end of her horrifically long life.

Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? A sad and stupendously flat reminiscence by the doyenne of the German cinema, who even now seems unwilling to admit that she backed the wrong horse in