09 September 2003

Subconsciously, I think I'd always assumed that Leni Riefenstahl was somehow immortal. Certainly she was the most frighteningly robust 100-year-old woman in the world; I think that she actually directed a documentary a couple of years ago, which would easily make her the oldest director of all time. For whatever reason, she lived long enough (even in exile) to outlast every other filmmaker, actor, or actress from the earliest era of movies, which I suppose is a weird kind of victory, albeit a bitter one.

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