People: Mar. 13, 2000

SHE IS ONE TOUGH TEUTON

LENI RIEFENSTAHL has an almost Faustian knack for survival. The infamous German filmmaker, who directed the 1934 Nazi propagandist film Triumph of the Will, weathered World War II and the international ostracism that resulted from her association with the Third Reich. Now 97, she suffered relatively minor injuries last week when a helicopter in which she was riding crashed in the Sudan. She is being treated in Germany for a few broken ribs. Riefenstahl was in Africa to revisit the Nuba tribe, which she photographed during the 1970s, a project that drew criticism for its perceived...

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