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Leni Riefenstahl : the seduction of genius
Rother, Rainer.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Continuum, [2002]

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x, 262 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Series statement on jacket flap.

"First published in German by Henschel, Berlin 2000 as Leni Riefenstahl die Verführung des Talents"--T.p. verso.
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PN1998.3.R54 R68 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Volume 53 of 54 of Jules Verne's "Extraordinary Voyages", first printed in 1904.In this sequel to "Robur the Conquerer", the brilliant inventor Robur has returned with a powerful new craft, on that surpasses any piece of machinery of the day. Can Inspector Strock, who is investigating the strange occurances related to Robur's craft, match himself against Robur and his mighty machines?

Author Notes

Rainer Rother is Programme Director in Cinema and Curator of Exhibitions at the German Historical Museum in Berlin.

Table of Contents

Translator's Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: The Problem with Leni Riefenstahlp. 1
Part 1 The Talent
2 Beginningsp. 11
Overcompensationp. 11
The First Performancep. 13
An Intimation of New Grandeur in Dancep. 18
Her First Leading Rolep. 22
Struggles in Snow and Icep. 27
3 The Film Auteur Emergesp. 32
Two Interpretations of the Same Storyp. 32
Das blaue Lichtp. 35
Part 2 The Genius of Nazi Filmmaking
4 A New Kind of Film: Sieg des Glaubensp. 45
Behind the Scenes of the First Party Rally Filmp. 46
A Party Commission: New Qualityp. 51
Stylization and 'Spontaneity'p. 54
5 The Auteur of Nazi Filmmakingp. 59
The Story of the 'Movement'p. 61
The Party Rally Film--A Historical Document?p. 63
The Party Rally Narrativep. 64
The Film Auteurp. 72
Tag der Freiheitp. 74
6 The Best Sports Film of All Timep. 77
Storming to the Summitp. 78
A Commissionp. 81
The Political Significance of an 'Unpolitical' Filmp. 83
Sports and Suspensep. 88
7 The Function of the Geniusp. 91
Travel Diplomacyp. 91
Stylized Events and 'Heroic Reportages'p. 94
Studio Facilities for Leni Riefenstahlp. 99
Part 3 Deprived of Power
8 A Partial Retreat: Tieflandp. 107
A Substitute for the Pet Projectp. 109
A New Look at Familiar Territoryp. 115
9 The Return of the Outcastp. 119
Scandalmongers and Court Casesp. 119
Relative Innocencep. 122
Extras from the Campp. 125
The Massacre at Konskiep. 127
Symbolic Guiltp. 133
10 Projectsp. 136
Repeating the Pastp. 136
Africap. 141
11 Legal Questions and the Question of Tactp. 148
Legal Claimsp. 148
A Verdictp. 152
According to the Files ...p. 153
12 A Renaissance--But No Rehabilitationp. 160
In the Public Eyep. 160
Towards Cult Statusp. 167
13 In Conclusion: A Change of Personap. 177
Notesp. 184
Chronologyp. 223
Filmographyp. 233
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 257