Hitler's Filmmaker: A Biography of Leni Riefenstahl

WED, APR 25, 2007 (36:50)

Steven Bach, author of Marlene Dietrich: Life and Legend, offers a stunning new biography of one of the 20th century’s most fascinating and controversial figures, known as “Hitler’s filmmaker”, Leni Riefenstahl. In his superbly written Leni: The Life And Work of Leni Riefenstahl, Bach debates the moral intricacies of this artist working under the Nazi regime, and presents evidence that Riefenstahl was herself, part Jewish.

+ BIO: Steven Bach

Steven Bach was senior vice-president and head of worldwide productions for United Artists studios. In Final Cut: Dreams And Disaster in the Making of Heaven’s Gate (1985), Bach chronicles his involvement in the troubled production of Heaven’s Gate (1980), a film widely considered to have been the decisive reason for the financial bankruptcy of United Artists. Bach is the author of The Life and Legend of Marlene Dietrich and Dazzler: The Life and Times of Moss Hart. He taught film studies at Columbia University and Bennington College. His biography of the Nazi-associated filmmaker, Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl (2007) overturns many of the claims Riefenstahl put forward in her self-defence regarding her contact with Hitler’s regime, and was named by the New York Times as one of the most notable books of 2007. Bach died after a brief illness in March of 2009. He was survived by his companion, Werner Rohr.

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