Leni Riefenstahl

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Three most significant events in Leni Riefenstahl's professional life  
Leni had many changes within her career throughout her life time. Three of these events that have been the most significant in Riefenstahl's professional life have been her films which include "The Blue Light", "Triumph Of The Will" and "Olympia".  

For Riefenstahl her film The Blue Light is one of the most significant events in her life. This was a film that Riefenstahl produced without the Nazi Party or Hitler's personal help. Due to this "The Blue Light" is not classed as Nazi propaganda like her other films she will produce in the later years. For the production of "The Blue Light" Riefenstahl had only six crew and filmed in unimaginable conditions. These included having no amenities during the time of filming as well as having no bedding and either "sleeping in the open or in hay stalls offered by local peasants"(Bach, 2007). To finish the editing of the film and producing the blue glow that was needed to come from the crystals in the mountain Riefenstahl "used a new infrared stock from Agfa that resulted in iridescent light effects in black and white"(Bach, 2007). As all of the filming for "The Blue Light" was done in the mountains Riefenstahl used the local people for extras. As her ideas for "The Blue Light" came into practice its originality was questioned as it was following the same concept to that of Gustav Renker's novel "Rock Crystal." Riefenstahl managed to overcome this criticism and questioning because of the new technologies she had used in the film. If it wasn’t for her personal stubbornness and experimentation the film would have never had the originality it has. Due to her experimentation Riefenstahl learnt that "if green and red filters [were placed] together [it] would create a magical effect". This further made Riefenstahl's film "The Blue Light" one of the most significant events in her professional life.  

The next film Riefenstahl went onto produce was her 1934...
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