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The Wonderful Horrible Life Of Leni Riefenstahl

Viewed: 29 June 2005
Directed by: Ray Müller
Listed in: Movies, Netflix

Fascinating documentary about Leni Riefenstahl from being discovered while a dancer to scuba diving at the age of 90, and that spot of trouble in-between. The film gives a lot of time to Riefenstahl, but is at its best with a handheld camera between takes, when Riefenstahl the director argues with the makers of the documentary. She clearly still yearns to direct. At the age of 90 she is very feisty, defending herself against charges of fascism, making argument as she has for most of her life. The end of the film shows her regretful of the past, but stubborn enough to not give up.

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