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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 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 3,640,259 page views. Her biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia. Leni Riefenstahl is the 23rd most popular film director (down from 17th in 2019), the 135th most popular biography from Germany (down from 112th 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 23 out of 1,581Before her are Jean-Luc Godard, Sergio Leone, Francis Ford Coppola, François Truffaut, Miloš Forman, and Georges Méliès. After her are Pedro Almodóvar, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michelangelo Antonioni, Konstantin Stanislavski, David Lynch, and Krzysztof Kieślowski.

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

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Among people born in Germany, Leni Riefenstahl ranks 135 out of 6,142Before her are Leopold I of Belgium (1790), Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767), Novalis (1772), Bruce Willis (1955), Agrippina the Younger (15), and Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472). After her are Carl Wilhelm Scheele (1742), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Ambrose (340), Frederick William I of Prussia (1688), Anne of Cleves (1515), and Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845).


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