Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl Reviews

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December 9, 2017
... it is her unforgettable and, for many, unforgivable achievements in behalf of Hitler that give the program its force.
July 25, 2011
A riveting docu about the controversial filmmaker who made some great propaganda art for Hitler
March 19, 2009
Overlong examination of the life of an enigmatic, willful, disengenuous, fascinating, influential and enormously gifted filmmaker.
January 27, 2009
Fascinating documentary about controversial director Len Riefenstahl.
September 13, 2007
March 14, 2007
A riveting and encyclopaedic biography of an extraordinary woman. But it also poses heavy questions. Can art ever be isolated from its political context? Are Riefenstahl's claims about her political innocence valid?
March 14, 2007
Mueller's dialectical approach allows him to expose many half-truths (and a few outright lies) by adducing contrary evidence; by the film's end, Riefenstahl's apologia emerges clearly as an elaborate mythification of self and history.
March 14, 2007
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.
August 30, 2004
Sometimes clunky but consistently fascinating.
July 22, 2004
Riefenstahl masterfully dissects her own Triumph of the Will and forcefully denies that artists bear any special political responsibility.
February 27, 2004
A wonderful, fascinating documentary on the infamous German director, possibly the greatest female filmmaker in history.
July 22, 2003
February 3, 2003
August 30, 2002
July 26, 2002
May 10, 2002
... essential viewing ... to understand Riefenstahl or for anyone curious about how art and politics come out when on a collision course
February 27, 2001
This complex existence is the subject of writer/director Ray Mueller's engrossing documentary.
January 1, 2000
An exhaustive portrait of Nazi-era filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl.
January 1, 2000
Overly long, but fascinating.
January 1, 2000
... really experience her energy and her drive for cinematic perfection.
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