Films Directed by Leni Riefenstahl
TRIUMPH DES WILLENS (1935)
No film has inspired so many and simultaneously drawn so much condemnation. Riefenstahl has stated that she never wanted the project which was foisted on her by Adolf Hitler. Although it is her most important and noted film, she regrets having ever consented to direct it.
Summing up the decades of "punishment" that Riefenstahl has endured over this project, film critic and historian Richard Corliss stated in a 1993 Time article :
"There are several reasons...one is that Triumph is just too good a movie, too potent, too mesmerizing. Another is that her visual style - heroic, sensuous... - was never in critical fashion. Finally, she was a woman, a beautiful woman."