Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/08/23

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Subject: [Leica] Leni Riefenstahl
From: nathan.wajsman at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Mon Aug 23 01:55:26 2004
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Marc James Small wrote:

> Are we to judge them as propagandists for the ideologies of the states in
> which they live or are we to judge them as technicians producing some of
> the finest cinematography ever made?  We know little of Eisenstein's
> feelings but we do have a really good feel on Reifenstahl.

To just look at the technical prowess of someone like Riefenstahl 
without reference to her enthusiastic support for the Nazis is sterile. 
She was not just someone who played along with the regime in order to 
survive; she was a committed supporter. As such I reject her work 
totally. I have no desire to have a book of her photographs on my shelf, 
just as I have no need to have Mein Kampf there.

Nathan Wajsman
Almere, The Netherlands

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