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Leni Riefenstahl is one of the most fascinating and controversial personalities of the twentieth century. Best known as 'Hitler's filmmaker', Riefenstahl made two documentaries, OLYMPIA and TRIUMPH OF THE WILL, acknowledged to be among the greatest films ever made. But they are insidious glorifications of the Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Drawing on new primary sources - recordings of Riefenstahl herself, interviews with her colleagues and intimate friends - Steven Bach puts the lie to her lifelong portrayal of herself as an apolitical artist who knew nothing of the Holocaust, firmly denying her connection to the Nazi regime. The facts speak for themselves: Riefenstahl's passionate involvement with the Nazis from their earliest days; the secret agreements that financed her career and supported her in later life; her visits to concentration camps and use of slave labour courtesy of the Third Reich - and more. This is an exceptional work of historical investigation, an objective but unsparing appraisal of a woman of great talent who was corrupted by ruthless ambition.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780349115535
ISBN-10: 0349115532
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 33mm)
Pages: 480
Imprint: Abacus
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 26-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Steven Bach

Steven Bach is the author of MARLENE DIETRICH and DAZZLER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOSS HART, and the best-selling memoir FINAL CUT. He was in charge of worldwide production for United Artists and now teaches at Bennington College and Columbia University.

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