Leni Riefenstahl

1902 - 2003

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Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl (German: [ˈleː.niː ˈʁiː.fn̩.ʃtaːl] (listen); 22 August 1902 – 8 September 2003) was a German film director, photographer and actress known for her seminal role in producing Nazi propaganda.A talented swimmer and an artist, Riefenstahl also became interested in dancing during her childhood, taking lessons and performing across Europe. After seeing a promotional poster for the 1924 film Mountain of Destiny, she was inspired to move into acting and between 1925 and 1929 starred in five successful motion pictures. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leni Riefenstahl has received more than 3,327,956 page views. Her biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). Leni Riefenstahl is the 17th most popular film director, the 112th most popular biography from Germany (down from 110th in 2019) and the most popular German Film Director.

Leni Riefenstahl is most famous for her work as a filmmaker and photographer. She is best known for her iconic film Triumph of the Will, which documented Adolf Hitler's 1934 rally in Nuremberg.

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Among film directors, Leni Riefenstahl ranks 17 out of 1,580Before her are Sergei Eisenstein, Sergio Leone, Francis Ford Coppola, Andrei Tarkovsky, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Ridley Scott. After her are Luchino Visconti, Luis Buñuel, Miloš Forman, Jean-Luc Godard, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Georges Méliès.

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Among people born in 1902, Leni Riefenstahl ranks 7Before her are Charles Lindbergh, Karl Popper, Ruhollah Khomeini, Erik Erikson, John Steinbeck, and Carl Rogers. After her are Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ray Kroc, Paul Dirac, Talcott Parsons, Halldór Laxness, and Fernand Braudel. Among people deceased in 2003, Leni Riefenstahl ranks 4Before her are Johnny Cash, Charles Bronson, and Katharine Hepburn. After her are Idi Amin, Gregory Peck, Alija Izetbegović, Heydar Aliyev, Barry White, Robert K. Merton, Nina Simone, and Edward Teller.

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Among people born in Germany, Leni Riefenstahl ranks 112 out of 5,289Before her are Carl Orff (1895), Erich Honecker (1912), Helmut Kohl (1930), Alfred Wegener (1880), Baron Munchausen (1720), and Theodor Mommsen (1817). After her are Peter III of Russia (1728), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681), Arminius (-17), Novalis (1772), and Willy Brandt (1913).


Among film directors born in Germany, Leni Riefenstahl ranks 1After her are Wim Wenders (1945), Michael Haneke (1942), Werner Herzog (1942), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945), F. W. Murnau (1888), Ernst Lubitsch (1892), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Volker Schlöndorff (1939), Max Ophüls (1902), Roland Emmerich (1955), and Robert Siodmak (1900).