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In the Name of God بسم الله

Leni Riefenstahl’s Fig Leaf

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Débuting in “Das Blaue Licht”

A mystic Nordic tale in cinematic lights

Of frost bit romanticism plunging from mountain heights

Gathering an avalanche of critical applause,

And the attention of a failed artist.

The Fuhrer’s belief

A motif of shadow and twilight aglow

Of a filming the Olympic Games in Berlin

Winning the hearts and minds of Germany

Leni’s cold flame enthralling.

To Leni Riefenstahl

He asked to spin

A cinematic spell of light and shadow

Burning in the stark twilight flicker of the camera

Leni’s artic kiss on the her len’s vista.

To test, he let her dance to his drum

Her “Der Sieg des Glaubens” putting Röhm

In the best backlight,

Later edited out in Hitler’s own dark,

“Night of the Long Knives.”

Her, the art of the knife as well

For two years editing the reels of film

Over the demand for immediate release

Hitler trumping Goebbels’s propagandistic doctrines

As art was his weapon of choice for the Germans.

So Riefenstahl laid her gossamer panache at the depths,

Hoarfrost, crystals formed non-binding

Until the avalanche came

To crushed the world community

The village burning in Hitler’s Olympic flame

The world’s blame condemned her as Arachne

Humbled under a Gypsy’s curse for the part she played

In “The Holocaust.”

She raised the curtain and was the last on the stage

I did if for the art, her fig leaf of shame.

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A powerful poem but I dont have the context for all of it. What's the particular event behind this:

"To test, he let her dance to his drum

Her “Der Sieg des Glaubens” putting Röhm

In the best backlight,

Later edited out in Hitler’s own dark,

“Night of the Long Knives.” "

was Leni cured by an actual Gypsy, or is that metaphorical?

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Rohm was commander of the SA, the strong arm of the Nazi party used to disrupt rival party meeting and protect Nazi rallies from disruptive communist counter attempts. With 3 million men Rohm was a direct threat to Hitler who had only his personal SS body guard and the regular army of 100, 000 men.

Riefenstahl's first documentry for Hitler stared Rohm as the central character. After he was murdered the same documentry was cut to take out all pictures of Rohm, showing Riefenstahl's editing skills.

Riefenstal lived to the ripe old age of 101 in 2003 and at death was being sued by the Gypsies for her part in their mass murder along with the Jews. Leni had used extras from a concentration camps for one of her films. Instead of paying the Gypsies, their wages went to the camp guards.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=J9xZPB54CWY

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Spriglief, this is an excellent piece, i couldnt help but comment.......you must have first hand account of her life for you to be writing her confession :P or are you also repeating her mistake..lol...the link to the "documentory" is also excellent...makes me want to watch it a few times...i hate what the process of movie making has become nowadays...some one collects necessary data from various sources...some one pieces them together in a script..well therse days even the scripts are joint effort...then all of it is left to at the mercy of director, the cameraman and blah blah blah..then comes the clueless actors in hopes of fame and recognition....even the documentories are not documentories anymore they are "shorts" of someone who lacks the finance but not the ambition....and journalism too man..its pathatic..i see the worst of it on daily basis in india.

anyways your piece had me thinking of a lot of things from movie making to the spells of gypsies :P and also a bit about hitler...why he had ordered the jews to wear 5 pointed golden stars and restricted thier movement and participation with the common people...maybe he was recieving messages from the future..lol..or maybe he was trying to rewrite history...sometimes we prision the ones we want to proptect...

that dont make much sense ..does it...but spriglief i know you know how deep the rabbit hole goes

thanks for posting this you are a master at your craft :)

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