Leni Riefenstahl - The End of a Myth

Lenght: 52' HD

Year of production: 2020

Country of production: Germany

Author: Michael Kloft

Leni Riefenstahl
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Leni Riefenstahl's visionary film "Triumph of the Will“, the feature length glorification of Hitler‘s Nuremberg party ralley in 1934, and her award-winning documentary about the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin have shaped the world's collective memory of the Nazi regime. Still these films stand out as important documents in the history of directing skills. Just as significantly, even today, is the seemingly indestructible personal legend which she created for herself after 1945. In fact she was a devoted friend and confidante of Adolf Hitler, who personally financed some of her work. Riefenstahl claimed, she did not have any interest in Hitler’s political agenda and thus did not know anything about his horrendous crimes, which are unique in World history. German filmmaker and author Nina Gladitz has spent decades working to destroy this myth, that has been allowed to persist - not only by gullibility but furthermore by careless ignorance. During the past 75 years, no one has seriously questioned Riefenstahl‘s narrative. There has been no genuine interest in debunking her claim to having been a victim of ideology and post-war defamation.

Now for the first time substantiated by countless documents it can be revealed, that Leni Riefenstahl was in fact, not only an anti-Semitic Nazi follower - but was herself a perpetrator.