By Neil Christian Pages, Ingeborg Majer O'Sickey, Mary Rhiel
Leni Riefenstahl is bigger than existence. From the trap of her character because it enters our houses through tv to our excitement within the attractiveness of movie pictures at rock concert events, to her position as a part of the background of the Nazi interval, Riefenstahl lives on in our mind's eye and in our cultural productions. hence, the editors' advent to this quantity examines the way within which Riefenstahl 'haunts' debates on aesthetics and politics, and the way her legacy reverberates within the modern cultural scene. € The essays that stick to discover our hugely invested discursive struggles over the which means o. learn more... content material: advent: Screening Riefenstahl -- Riefenstahl screened -- pt. 1: Aesthetics. Blood and glamour / Georg Seesslen ; Riefenstahl and the face of fascism / Carsten Strathausen ; 0-1 : Riefenstahl and the great thing about football / Lutz Koepnick -- pt. 2: Afterlife. The afterlife of Triumph of the desire : the 1st twenty-five years / David Bathrick ; awesome, terrible lies : Riefenstahl reminiscence and Riefenstahl background in Germany / Wulf Kansteiner ; studying Rammstein, remembering Riefenstahl : "fascist aesthetics" and German pop culture / Valerie Weinstein -- pt. three: Continuities. A founding fable and a grasp textual content : The blue mild (1932) / Eric Rentschler ; To be or to not be Wagnerian : song in Riefenstahl's Nazi-era motion pictures / Celia Applegate ; The ups and downs of Leni Riefenstahl : rereading the rhythms of the memoirs / Mary Rhiel -- pt. four: "Riefen-Star". keep watch over and intake : the images of Leni Riefenstahl / Guinevere Narraway ; Representing the physique in our on-line world : Riefenstahl's self-staging (notes on Leni Riefenstahl's web content / Martina Thiele ; within the rearview replicate : curating Riefenstahl, Filmmuseum Potsdam, 1999 / Ingeborg Majer-O'Sickey. summary: bargains a chance to reconsider where of Leni Riefenstahl and her paintings in modern tradition and in educational discourse. This quantity explores our hugely invested discursive struggles over the that means of her character and flicks in a specific historic second: post-unification, post-twentieth century, post-Riefenstahl. learn more...
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Müller’s effort to increase the aesthetic transparency of his film is anathema to Riefenstahl’s style. One of the reasons why Riefenstahl later disavowed and actually sought to “erase” from memory the making of her first Nazi propaganda film Victory of Faith from 1933 was precisely the rough or unrefined quality of the film, where power cables are visible and people stumble into position right in front of the camera. By contrast, Soviet filmmakers like Dziga Vertov and Sergei Eisenstein, much like Müller himself, reveled in this deliberate deconstruction of their own movies.
25 To do so, we need a fresh look at Riefenstahl’s work from today’s perspective, one that recognizes Riefenstahl’s symptomatic character for the problematic of art, ethics, and politics and thus uncouples the discussion from biographical and moral issues. We might begin by recognizing the fact that the aesthetics of montage has lost its ethico-political edge today.
In the context of Riefenstahl, at least, there is nothing to be gained anymore from rehearsing the same old debate about her personal guilt or innocence visà-vis the horrors of German fascism, about whether her works are “art” or “propaganda,” about her alleged use of concentration camp victims in Tiefland (1945; 1954; Lowlands), for example. The point is not to deny that these are meaningful and important questions. 25 To do so, we need a fresh look at Riefenstahl’s work from today’s perspective, one that recognizes Riefenstahl’s symptomatic character for the problematic of art, ethics, and politics and thus uncouples the discussion from biographical and moral issues.
Riefenstahl screened : an anthology of new criticism by Neil Christian Pages, Ingeborg Majer O'Sickey, Mary Rhiel