Leni Riefenstahl was a German film director, dancer and actress widely noted for her aesthetics and innovations as a filmaker.
Riefenstahl was born in the working class suburb of Wedding in Berlin. She began her career as a self-
Her most famous film was Triumph des Willens, a propaganda film made at the 1934 Nuremberg congress of the Nazi Party. Riefenstahl's prominence in the Third Reich along with her personal friendships with Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels thwarted her film career following Germany's defeat in World War II, after which she was arrested but never convicted of war crimes.
Riefenstahl is widely noted in film histories for developing new techniques in film. The propaganda value of her documentary films made during the 1930s repels most commentators but many cite the aesthetics as outstanding. Riefenstahl later published her still photography of the Nuba tribes in Africa and made films of marine life.