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Leni by Steven Bach
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Sep 23, 07

Read in August, 2007

Mr. Bach did his homework, and I suspect the fact that he is a man of the theater helped him know what to look for. He reveals that Riefenstahl's mother was Jewish, another reminder that the rotoscoped image of this period disguises a complex and ambiguous reality. His analysis of her cinematic innovations and work methods as evaluated by her peers is first-rate. This is a terrific view of a disconcertingly modern personality type.
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