Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993)

In the 1930s, Leni Riefenstahl was arguably the most important and accomplished female filmmaker of her generation; however, since her primary sponsor was Adolf Hitler, and her best-known work was a hagiographic documentary on the 1934 Nazi… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 14, 1993
DVD Release Date: April 27, 1999
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Walter Goodman
New York Times

... it is her unforgettable and, for many, unforgivable achievements in behalf of Hitler that give the program its force.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This movie is fascinating in so many different ways: As the story of an extraordinary life, as the reconstruction of the career of one of the greatest of film artists, as the record of an ideological debate, as a portrait of an amazing old woman.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Overlong examination of the life of an enigmatic, willful, disengenuous, fascinating, influential and enormously gifted filmmaker.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This is more often self-portrait than portrait; like Hitler in Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will, she's presented as a fully formed deity without family background or ideology save a reverence for beauty and strength.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Overly long, but fascinating.

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Beth Accomando

Fascinating documentary about controversial director Len Riefenstahl.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

Sometimes clunky but consistently fascinating.

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Emanuel Levy

A riveting docu about the controversial filmmaker who made some great propaganda art for Hitler

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A riveting and encyclopaedic biography of an extraordinary woman. But it also poses heavy questions. Can art ever be isolated from its political context? Are Riefenstahl's claims about her political innocence valid?

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
An overlong but fascinating documentary about this remarkable filmmaker who mastered her techniques better than many directors, yet not only was limited as an… More

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