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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Dec 16, Jessica T. I have defeated you Leni Riefenstahl. A part of me believes this woman is a liar and a sociopath The self-serving reminiscences of a Nazi propagandist and collaborator who refused to admit it. Riefenstahl is an incredibly rare blend of a person lacking self-awareness with quite a healthy sense of self-worth and fascist tendencies. Her memoirs are a fascinating example of equivocation and moral justification, but are often unbearable in its rampant self-aggrandization and total lack of remorse.
Worth a read, though, if you’re interested in Third Reich hangers-on, the German film industry, an The self-serving reminiscences of a Nazi propagandist and collaborator who refused to admit it. Worth a read, though, if you’re interested in Third Reich hangers-on, the German film industry, and the lengths to which a person will go to hold oneself inculpable for one’s actions.
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Jul 27, Candace rated it it was amazing. Mar 02, Paul Cornelius rated it it was amazing Shelves: Leni Riefenstahl died inwhen she was years old, the last surviving member of Hitler’s inner circle. How much of her life after was an attempt to cover up and mislead history is not clarified by this memoir. But what is there is a stunning record of rierenstahl Riefenstahl came of age and entered the German film industry when it was at its eiefenstahl, making Mountain Films and developing a production technique that would come to full fruition in her documentaries, Memoid of the Will and Olym Leni Riefenstahl died inwhen she was years old, the last surviving member of Hitler’s inner circle.
But what is there is a stunning record of how Riefenstahl came of age and entered the German film industry when it was at its height, making Mountain Films and developing a production technique that would come to full fruition in her documentaries, Triumph of the Will and Olympia.
Her filmic transitioning remains an art form in and of itself; her work flows, moves, and isolates its subjects against natural and epic backgrounds. Individuals become expressions of natural will and order. So, in many ways, she does reflect the riiefenstahl of the political movement that made her rise possible in the first place. The riefeenstahl of Riefenstahl’s life mesmerize the reader.
And it lnei demonstrates one of the quirks of National Socialist Germany. That is, not only the survival but the flourishing of certain types of women in Hitler’s Third Reich.
Riefenstahl, like riefenstaho aviatrix Hanna Reitsch, was something of a bohemian working outside the traditional social roles assigned to women. She became a force, a power to be reckoned with in Germany during irefenstahl time when sexism operated as a secondary sort of racism. Clearly, this was not the ideological goal of Nazism but it was an aspect of the Nazi elites that that they saw something of themselves, outsiders, perhaps, in figures lni Riefenstahl, Reitsch, and Hitler’s personal secretaries.
Riefenstahl’s death and her memoirs effectively closed the book on the passing of a certain era in history. Hitler and his regime now belong to a past whose living memory no longer exists.
You can still find some hints of it in Riefenstahl’s writings, but you will need to read between the lines to determine the ultimate truth. Nov 26, Erik Graff rated it liked it Recommends it for: Back during high school a few of us drove to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois to see Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will, a film I have not seen since but remember with extraordinary clarity, so impressive was it, visually speaking.
Other than clips from her later Olympia, I have not seen her other cinematic productions. Consequently, I picked this up without knowing much about the author beyond the fact that she was the most famous film director associated with the Third Reich. I had Back during high school a few of us drove to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois to see Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will, a film I have not seen since but remember with extraordinary clarity, so impressive was it, visually speaking.
I had absolutely no idea that she remained a public figure into the eighties or that she had had a later career as a photographer. 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. What she mostly writes about are, at first, romance with men and with artistic subjects and then, after the war, the difficulties she had with doing any creative work owing to the persistent belief held by many that she herself had been a Nazi she hadn’t.
Much of this later work is associated with Africa, the Sudan in particular. Frankly, except for the war years, I found this book emotionally difficult. Too much of it was too personal. Riedenstahl would have appreciated more context, more about others. Although a great artist, Riefenstahl riefenstahll no intellectual, her lack of understanding of her objective circumstances, her historical and political ignorance, leading her into dark waters and much aggravation.
Jul 25, Mark rated it liked it Shelves: Riefenstahl is more or less the prisoner of history. Having been one of the world’s greatest innovative cinematographers, and forced to create what was effectively “the most effective propaganda fill of all time” the Triumph of the Will, Ms Reifenstahl keeps her own reputation intact by being the person who also documented the Olympics, her film of which, Olympia, was given awards in all the countries Hitler later conquered.
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She insists on her apolitical freedom, and takes refuge from t Ms. 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 Hitler give this book a historical weight all of its own.
You really want to read it through to the end. Oct 26, Steven rated it really liked it. A long but such a rewarding read. Riefenstahl’s memoir is vivid, detailed and oh so exciting to read and she finds every moment she can to tell her story and show her successes and failures.
Controversial indeed, but there is no denying that Riefenstahl is possibly the most innovative female film director and in every way, a true artist. May 09, Roman Moguchiy rated it it was amazing. I admire the courage and bravery of hers to disclose her life in almost full details, especially when she knew that doing so, she was also telling the readers about her woven past with the Nazis.
I adore the fact that how she came through on the top of her profession when all other brilliant fellow professionals were dominantly males. And she was absolutely talented in whatever she chose to do. Having said that, during my reading her memoir, I couldn’t help but feel that while she was disclosing her tangled past with Hitler and all, she probably had chosen to hide something in the mean time.
Though she kept saying that she had neither no knowledge nor interest in politics whatsoever, unfortunately the fact is that she wouldn’t be in where she was during the Nazi period without certain degrees of support from the Nazis.
And to even gain and own that power to film documentaries for Nazi Germany, one must have shown some degree of loyalty so that people would place trust in her. 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. Perhaps that is why we could never stop talking about Leni Riefenstahl that she had been both phenomenal and controversial at the same time almost throughout her life.
And what a life she had! Nov 21, Manuel Cartes rated it really liked it. Una mujer como pocas en la historia. Oct 26, Ricardo rated it liked it. She was no doubt a gifted, strong willed and clever woman. She wants to come across as a victim. She is very convincing but I feel she is hiding more than what she is willing to say. When you read this book it is imperative to read between the lines.
Her first hand accounts of the Nazi inner circle is quite interesting. May 07, Vladislav Velizanin rated it it was amazing. A long and rewarding read.
Feb 20, Calvin rated it did not like it Shelves: I can count on two fingers the number of books I have not finished. It must be the guiding hand of adulthood gently nudging me closer to my mortality when I recognize that to continue the tradition of finishing books riefenstal the sake of completion is flawed and deserves caveats from time to time.
This is one of those times. 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 h I can count on two fingers the number of books I have not finished.
I made it pages into this memoir, a shallow, narcissistic journey through the narrowed down, cleaned up mmoir that Riefenstahl chose to elni as her own at emmoir end of her horrifically long life.
I read Trimborn’s biography of her, which called this book useless for historical purposes and, after reading through Riefenstahl’s recounting of her life up until she began her creepy, capitalistic obsession with the “exotic” peoples she met in Africa, I can corroborate his reasons for distrust.
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The Memoir acts as part hagiography and part systematic breakdown of every criticism riefrnstahl against her in favor of her version of a life where the most successful Nazi-image crafter of the Third Reich committed absolutely no wrong while profligating under the warm handshake of Hitler.
The fact that she refers to men she hires to literally play slaves in her slave movie to be called “Black Freight” near Uganda as “my blacks” in what seems like a complete lack of awareness for how referring to people you barely know in the possessive while being accused of involvement in human rights’ violations might be counterintuitive to a book where you’re trying to paint yourself as a saint is a strong argument example for how incapable she was at the end of her life of understanding how at any point she could have had an indirectly negative me,oir in the Holocaust.
But it is not the reason why her Memoirs are unbelievable: She forced the gears of her industry to turn in her favor with wit and grace and incredible conviction. I doubt she cared about the success of Hitler’s success outside of its relevance to her film career – but she absolutely thrived on it while he was alive.
She fed off of Hitler.
And to die without taking a hint of credit for that involvement sprays the splendid halls of her absolutely stunning art with ceiling sprinklers filled with shit. This book was worth reading, for me, to satisfy an understanding of who Leni Riefenstahl was.