Something from today’s TT made me think about a long standing WW2 debate that I would love to hear more about?
[quote]Selected by Hitler to be Germany’s official film maker, Riefenstahl won awards at the Venice and Paris film festivals in the 1930s for her Triumph of the Will, a documentary highlighting the meticulously choreographed, eerie grandeur of the Nazi Party’s 1934 Nuremberg Rally.
“One had forgotten that this film before the war won all the prizes in the world and the whole world considered this film wonderful,” Riefenstahl told Reuters in an interview last year.
“But after the war one said what I did was wrong. I didn’t make it as a political movie, but more as an artwork. That was my misfortune.”
After Triumph of the Will, she was commissioned to make the official film of the 1936 Olympics.
Despite its propaganda, Olympia was notable for the use of then-new techniques such as mounting the camera on electric cars on rails beside the track to follow races, as well as using balloons and rubber rafts to get the angles Riefenstahl wanted.
The joy and agony on athletes’ faces was filmed close-up. No other filmmaker had shot an athletic event in that way before.[/quote]
So, was (is) she a genius who got caught up with the socialist side of the NAZI empire, before it got bad, and then was stuck with her decision? Is she now playing mea culpa? Was she actually a Nazi, and now trying to repent?
Should we judge a lifetime of work on the first 20 years, or were her contributions to the Nazi empire so egregious that they are unforgivable and therefore taint the remainder of her work.
I am just throwing this out for discussion - don’t have any real strong opinions on this myself, but I know that among many it is a big deal.
“Discuss amongst yourselves”