March 30, 2007

The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl,1993: Dir. Ray Muller

The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl,1993: Dir. Ray Muller

Eureka Cover wonderful Horrible Life of Riefenstahl

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Please note that at time of writing this DVD also comes with the Eureka version Holy Mountain. this obviously provides excellent value for money.


This post is currently what I'm describing as a 'phase one' post. A synopsis and contextual and critical comments will be added at a later date. Through the webliography below this post thus serves to act as a resource page. This will allow prospective course members and other visitors to conduct some basic research into the relevant film. For further research you ma y also consuly the relevant bibliography. Please use the bibliographies tag in the sidebar to access this resource. 


In addition to the main bibliography here are some links to recent of forthcoming books on Leni Riefenstahl. I haven't read the one in print and the other is forthcoming so no comments here on the quality of the content.

Leni Riefenstahl a Life             leni_steven_bach.jpg


Date of last search 05 April 2007

At the time of writing the following sites I consider the best researched academically or else are present because of the quality of their links. This is searched down to page 10 of Google.

Guardian interview with Reifenstahl on 100th birthday by Christopher Jones and Andrew Pulver
Friday August 23, 2002,,779102,00.html

Guardian breaks news of Reifenstahl's death /  Obituary of Leni Riefenstahl,,1038656,00.html,12589,1038696,00.html

New York Times obituary of Leni Reifenstahl:

New York Review of Books essay by Susan Sontag "Fascinating Fascism":

World Socialist site obituary and commentary on Riefenstahl

An odd page from the web which is a serious essay on Reifenstahl The Blue Light and Bela Balazs, which is properly researched and referenced:

Link to "German" posting on Leni Reifenstahl with a link to a YouTube upload of Triumph of the Will :

Link to a useful review in Senses of Cinema of  Rainer Rother's Leni Riefenstahl the Seduction of Genius:

Link to article by Brigitte Peucker: The Fascist Choreography: Riefenstahl-'s Tableaux
Modernism/modernity - Volume 11, Number 2, April 2004, pp. 279-297. Please note you will need an Athens account to access the full article:

Link to article on Riefenstahl by Assoc. Professor Judith Keene is the Director of the European Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. One of Judith's specialities is fascism and anti-fascism. She has written several books on the subject of the Spanish Civil War. In one her courses at the University, 'Film and History', she covers the subject of Leni Riefenstahl:

Link to The Problem of Leni Reifenstahl by lloyd Eby:

Link to a student research paper by Celia Soudry on Riefenstahl  prepared for web publication by Professor H. Marcuse of  University of California Santa Barbara:

Link to Reappraising Triumph of the Will by Alan Marcus in Film Studies Journal:

Bright Lights review of the documentary:

BBC Storyville link on the documentary:

BBC Obituary of Reifenstahl:

Link to an interesting BBC page which reviews  and provides links to the responses of the German press to the death of Leni reifenstahl;

Below link to a BBc  Nick Higham video on Riefenstahl

Review of the documentary from

Link to Jewish Virtual Library:

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