EVEN HITLER LIKED FEMALE DIRECTORS
For the record I hate Nazis.
- •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.
- •Whatever the excellent reason might be, women are not to be trusted to make a movie, right?
- •Leni Riefenstahl didn't think so. She was a dancer, pin up model, and actress in Germany in the 1920s.
- •In the 30s she moved on to directing, and caught the attention of the Führor himself, Adolf Hitler.
- •He requested that she film the 1934 party rally—the largest ever demonstration at that time.
- •She attempted to decline, even offering a male colleague as a replacement, but Hitler would not have it.
- •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.
- •For the filming she gathered a staff of 120, which included 16 lead camera men with 30 cameras total in operation.
- •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.
- •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.
- •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.
- •So to anyone in Hollywood who has denied a woman a chance to direct: you are worse than Hitler.