“Leni Riefenstahl was a slut.”

Riefenstahl claimed, probably truthfully, that she was never a Nazi party member and evaded the worst punishments of the postwar denazification process, though she never again made a significant film. Over these later years, she attracted the support of gaga cinephiles, who inanely insisted, as one of them put it, that “politics and art must never be confused.” It is biographer Bach’s business to demolish that nonsense while also creating an almost novelistically compelling narrative of a life endlessly obfuscated by lies.

From ‘Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl’ by Steven Bach – BOOK REVIEW – Los Angeles Times

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