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Leni Riefenstahl-Five Lives: A Biography in Pictures
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One remarkable woman, five remarkable careers: Leni Riefenstahl is the exception to the rule. From dancer to actress to film-maker to photographer to diver, she has excelled in each field and is one of the most important and controversial artists of the 20th century. Her contributions to the art and technique of film-making were vast, most notably in her epochal film ""Olympia"" (1938). Critically acclaimed during the 1930's for her work under the Hitler administration and harshly criticized after the war, Riefenstahl surged on, completing the famous ""Tiefland"" in 1954. In the 1960s and 70s she traveled to Africa and extensively photographed East Africa and the Nuba tribes in Sudan, publishing three books. Ready for yet another change, she took up deep-sea diving at the age of 71, beginning a new chapter as an underwater photographer.
Though she has attracted much attention throughout her life and has been the subject of many books, articles, and films, Leni Riefenstahl Five Lives is the first book to showcase her entire career in pictures. Produced in collaboration with Riefenstahl herself, the book includes her most famous images as well as many previously unpublished pictures from her private archives. The main body of the book features photographs (without text) spanning Riefenstahl's entire set of careers, with pictures of her on stage as a dancer and on the set as an actress and film-maker, as well as film stills and her own photographs (precise commentaries about the pictures can be found in the comprehensive appendix). The illustrated biography, international bibliography, and detailed filmography complement the illustrative section with extensive information about her personaland professional lives. Fans and critics alike will be impressed with this sweeping visual tribute.
Book News Annotation:
Riefenstahl, who was born in Berlin in 1902, began acting and dancing in films in the 1920s and went on to become a film director in Germany under Hitler. In the 1950s she traveled to Central Africa to make a film, returning in later years to make photographs of traditional celebrations. The majority of this volume is devoted to good quality, large format (the book is oversize: 10.75x13<">) reproductions of her many photographs and stills from her films (the captions for each are given at the end of the book). The volume concludes with a celebratory chronology of her life, further supplemented with photographs.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This work showcases the career of Leni Riefenstahl in pictures, from presenting her most famous images as well as those from her private archives. It provides information about Riefenstahl's private and professional lives, accompanying the illustrations with text and a filmography.
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