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Wilson's Annotated Bibliography

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Bach, Steven. Leni Alfred A. Knopf, New York. (2007) This work is unsympathetic to Riefenstahl to such an extent that it is occasionally blinded to the most plausible explanations for controversies in her life; that said, Bach's sources are top-notch, given his access to seemingly every Riefenstahl interview ever, and his perspective as a former film-industry insider lets him see some things that others would miss.

Ebert, Roger. "Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, The" http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19940624/REVIEWS/406240302/1023 Accessed June 2, 2009 Roger Ebert's review of Ray Muller's documentary film. It includes a critique of her legacy that struck me as hitting the nail right on the head. For whatever reason, the review is inaccessible the slight majority of the time.

Riefenstahl, Leni. Leni Riefenstahl: Memoirs St. Martin' Press, New York. (1992) Leni Riefenstahl's autobiography. While slightly full of lies, this work contains far too many sensational stories for them all to be false, and plenty of the good stuff is verifiably true. Readers should proceed with caution, and cross-check the book's accounts with the biographies by Bach and Rother.

Rother, Rainer. Leni Riefenstahl. Continuum Press, London, England. (2002) The work of this German film historian is far more balanced than that of Bach, and includes an aboslutely invaluable timeline--Riefenstahl's autobiography has very little in the way of dates for the events that it describes.

"Sergei Bondarchuk's War and Peace" http://www.filmforum.org/films/warandpeace.html Accessed June 1, 2009 This is a digital version of the Film Forum flier for the showing of Bondarchuk's 1968 version of War and Peace. I included it because it is a source for the statement of the film's record-holding expense of production.

Sontag, Susan. "Fascinating Fascism" http://www.history.ucsb.edu/faculty/marcuse/classes/33d/33dTexts/SontagFascinFascism75.htm Accessed May 29, 2009 This is Susan Sontag's 1974 article in the New York Times Review of Books. It is a good source for a short refutation of Riefenstahl's own narrative of her life, even if what it concludes is terribly elitist.

"Soundtracks for Metropolis" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017136/soundtrack Accessed June 1, 2009 This is simply a citation to demonstrate that composer Giorgio Moroder had also made a new soundtrack for Fritz Lang's Metropolis. My understanding is that this soundtrack is quite controversial, since it pairs modern synth-pop with Lang's silent-era Art Deco vision of the future.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "Book Burning" Holocaust Encyclopedia http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005852 This is an article on book burning from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's website. I incorporated it to show the reader that Riefenstahl was almost certainly aware of the book burnings.

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