For the record I hate Nazis.
  1. Hollywood these days (and all days) won't give female directors a chance because they're afraid they'll get their periods on set and ruin the whole movie.
  2. Whatever the excellent reason might be, women are not to be trusted to make a movie, right?
  3. Leni Riefenstahl didn't think so. She was a dancer, pin up model, and actress in Germany in the 1920s.
  4. In the 30s she moved on to directing, and caught the attention of the Führor himself, Adolf Hitler.
  5. He requested that she film the 1934 party rally—the largest ever demonstration at that time.
  6. She attempted to decline, even offering a male colleague as a replacement, but Hitler would not have it.
  7. She agreed only under the conditions that there be no interference by Hitler or Joseph Goebbles, Hitler's Minister of Popular Entertainment and Propaganda (with who she already had a heated feud from during the filming of her first piece of Nazi propaganda) and that neither man could see the film until it was finished.
  8. For the filming she gathered a staff of 120, which included 16 lead camera men with 30 cameras total in operation.
  9. She had to have special structures erected for filming and an elevator for a camera man to ride in.
    We get it, put your fucking hand down.
  10. The result was Triumph of the Will. An impressive piece of propaganda about an impressive dickhead.
    If you're into documentaries it's worth a watch. Not only was it a highly elaborate set up but historically significant.
  11. This highly unsettling film was not the only successful documentary Riefenstahl made.
    Another was the two-part Olympia which documented the 1932 olympics and was captured using all highly involved camera work and positioning which took months to set up. There was just a soupçon of Nazi sympathy in this one.
  12. So to anyone in Hollywood who has denied a woman a chance to direct: you are worse than Hitler.