Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl 1993

The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl

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Ray Müller directs this extensive documentary on the life of Nazi propaganda filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Created at the behest of Riefenstahl, the film honestly delves into her association with Hitler and the extent to which she knows of the Nazi Party's entire strategy. It also gives a fuller picture of Riefenstahl's life, discussing her ascent from dancer to documentary filmmaker, as well as her post-Nazi work, which includes nature filmmaking and photography.

Cast & Crew

Ray Müller
Director
Ray Müller
Writer
Jacques de Clercq
Producer
Hans-Jürgen Panitz
Producer
Ulrich Bassenge
Original Music
Wolfgang Neumann
Original Music
Michel Baudour
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Critic Reviews for Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (1)

  • ... it is her unforgettable and, for many, unforgivable achievements in behalf of Hitler that give the program its force.

    December 9, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This is more often self-portrait than portrait; like Hitler in Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will, she's presented as a fully formed deity without family background or ideology save a reverence for beauty and strength.

    March 14, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Sometimes clunky but consistently fascinating.

    August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Overly long, but fascinating.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • This movie is fascinating in so many different ways: As the story of an extraordinary life, as the reconstruction of the career of one of the greatest of film artists, as the record of an ideological debate, as a portrait of an amazing old woman.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A riveting docu about the controversial filmmaker who made some great propaganda art for Hitler

    July 25, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl

  • Oct 22, 2016
    An overlong but fascinating documentary about this remarkable filmmaker who mastered her techniques better than many directors, yet not only was limited as an artist (in terms of ideals) but also spent her life denying her guilt for collaborating with a genocidal regime.
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