Leni Riefenstahl Black and White Photograph - Basketballspieler, Silver Gelatin Print
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Leni Riefenstahl
Basketballspieler, Silver Gelatin Print

1936

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Basketballspieler by Leni Riefenstahl Silver Gelatin Print Unframed Image size: 11 in. H x 8.5 in. W Sheet size: 19.625 in. H x 14.75 in. W Signed lower right in pencil, Title lower left in pencil Numbered 95 of 235. Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl (German 22 August 1902 – 8 September 2003) was a German film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, photographer, actress, and dancer. Born in 1902, Leni Riefenstahl grew up in Germany with her brother Heinz (1905–1944), who was killed on the Eastern Front in World War II. A talented swimmer and artist, she also became interested in dancing during her childhood, taking dancing lessons and performing across Europe. After seeing a promotional poster for the 1924 film Der Berg des Schicksals ("The Mountain of Destiny"), Riefenstahl was inspired to move into acting. Between 1925 and 1929, she starred in five successful motion pictures. In 1932, Riefenstahl decided to try directing with her own film called Das Blaue Licht ("The Blue Light"). In the 1930s, she directed Triumph des Willens ("Triumph of the Will") and Olympia, resulting in worldwide attention and acclaim. The movies are widely considered two of the most effective, and technically innovative, propaganda films ever made. Her involvement in Triumph des Willens, however, significantly damaged her career and reputation after the war. The exact nature of her relationship with Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler remains a matter of debate. However, Hitler was in close collaboration with Riefenstahl during the production of at least three important Nazi films, and a close friendship is claimed to have existed.[2] When in 2000 Jodie Foster was planning a biographical drama on Riefenstahl, war-crime documenters warned against a revisionist view that glorified the director. They stated that publicly Riefenstahl seemed "quite infatuated" with Hitler and was, in fact, the last surviving member of his "inner circle".[3] Others go further, arguing that Riefenstahl's visions were essential to the success of the Holocaust.[4] After the war, Riefenstahl was arrested, but classified as being a "fellow traveler" or "Nazi sympathizer" only and was not associated with war crimes. Throughout her life, she denied having known about the Holocaust. Besides directing, Riefenstahl released an autobiography and wrote several books on the Nuba people. Riefenstahl died of cancer on 8 September 2003 at the age of 101 and was buried at Munich Waldfriedhof.

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    New
  • Dimensions
    H 19.625 in. x W 14.75 in.H 49.85 cm x W 37.47 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Bay Harbor Island, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU45332877483
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