On the first anniversary of Leni Riefenstahl's death, the Goethe-Institut and UCLA Film and Television Archives, supported by the Fahey/Klein Gallery, team up for a tribute to a filmmaker, whose daringly innovative documentaries earned her both acclaim as a cinematic genius and contempt as a propagandist for Hitler.
Branded as a Nazi after 1945, she never made her way back into the movie industry. However, her revolutionary film techniques deeply influenced later generations of filmmakers, "...keeping alive the debate over whether her talent could be separated from her prewar political views" (New York Times).
SATURDAY NOV.20. @ 7:30 p.m:
Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens)
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl, Germany, 1935. 110 min
Day of Freedom: Our Army (Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht)
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl, Germany, 1935, 20 min
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl, Germany, shot 1940 - 44, released 1954, 98min
SUNDAY NOV. 28. @ 7:00 p.m
Olympia I & II
Directed by Riefenstahl, Germany 1938, 220 min
PART 1: FESTIVAL OF THE PEOPLE (Fest der Völker)
PART 2: FESTIVAL OF BEAUTY (Fest der Schönheit)
UCLA James Bridges Theater
Tickets: $7 general/ $5 students online at www.cinema.ucla.edu
or at the boxoffice (1hour before showtime)
For information call: 310.206.FILM
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