Foreign News: Admired by Adolf

A captious German movie critic once called her "die Oelige Ziege" (oily goat) because of the slippery way she slid around mountain peaks in her movies. But to Dictator Adolf Hitler, sinuous suntanned Leni Riefenstahl, the daughter of a Berlin plumber, seemed the perfect female embodiment of Aryan strength through joy. Under Adolf's patronage, Actress-Producer Leni became the reigning queen of German moviedom. Given the job of filming the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Leni produced a picture as artful as it was artistic. It took top critical honors at Italy's International Film...

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