- Mar 27, 2006
How did we all find the questions in concern to Leni?
Just to clarify; "Victory of Faith" was about the 1933 party rallies, whilst 'Triumph' was 1934.kerfuffle said:I never finished the second question. Damn time management issues.
I can't believe I couldn't remember one of Leni's films, the one that she did on the Nuremberg Party Rally in 1934. I could remember 'Triumph of the Will', 'Olympia' and 'Tiefland', but I couldn't remember 'Victory of Faith'. *smacks head*.
its stigma not stigmata. stigmatas some sorta religious thing.p342i said:Well, for question (A) I decided that this section is always the same each year, therefore you would have to be a fool to not learn a narration off by heart, so that you can time it to perfection and balance out her entire life.
This was what I wrote:
Helene Bertha Amalie Riefenstahl was born on the 22nd August, 1902 in Berlin to a middle class family with a patriarchal father and artistic mother whose moderate wealth shielded her from the turmoil of the first world war and its aftermath. At school, Leni excelled in both gymnastics and swimming, whilst undertaking secret dancing classes. She enrolled in the Jutta Klarnt school for expressive dancing where she underwent the tutelege of the ballerina, Eugene Eduardova. Her first performance was Tonhalle, securing her place as a famous European soloist dancer. Her promising career, entailing experimentation with dancing, choreography and music, was setback by injury.
Her subsequent career as a film actor was sparked by her spectation of the film The Mountain of Destiny after which she was cast in Arnold Fanck’s subsequent The Holy Mountain. She further starred in five successive Fanck films all pertaining to the mountain film genre, with Leni playing the female protagonist amid the German alpine regions, performing her own stunts including mountain climbing and skiing.
Leni’s familiarisation with the processes of editing, developing and printing film led to her career as a film director. She directed in Fanck’s absence and eventually signed on as part of the camera crew, where he association with Weimar filmmakers broadened her repertoire. Leni’s career was greatly boosted by the film The Blue Light, which she wrote, produced, directed, edited and starred in. Her philosophy that the film techniques should complement the story itself was reflected in her innovative style, which led to her winning a silver medal at the Venice Biennale film festival.
A major boost to Leni’s career was her association with Hitler whom she first encountered at Sportsplatz, and subsequently met at Wilmershaven. At first refusing to work as a Nazi propaganda filmmaker, saying that it would stifle her creativity in being controlled by the Propaganda Ministry, Leni ultimately did accept the commission for her first Nazi film: Victory of Faith, set about the 1933 Party rallies. The production looked more like a news reel, however Hitler was pleased and so suggested she commence work on a follow up, full feature length film on the 1934 Nuremberg Party Rallies.
The resulting film constitutes her greatest and most infamous work. Triumph of the Will developed a direct loyalty to the Fuhrer through aerial images of his aeroplane casting a shadow across Nuremberg, and the masses giving the Nazi salute. Close up’s of Aryan Children promoted racial superiority and the Hitler Youth, whilst scenes of troop formations sought to promote the order, balance and stability. Segments from the speeches of Hitler, Goebbles, Goring and Hess aimed to publicise Nazi messages, including the labour marches and the social concept of the Volksgemeinschaft. Five months of twenty-hour day editing sessions were rewarded with great success, winning the German Film Prize, a Gold Medal in Venice and the Grand Prix at the Paris World Film Exhibition.
Leni’s third and final Nazi propaganda film, Olympia was centred on the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and has been criticised of promoting the fascist ideal of human perfection. Part one: Festival of the People includes the first ever Olympic torch rally, the opening ceremony and classic events such as Discus and Shotput; while Part two: Festival of Beauty focused on modern events such as swimming and athletics, and features the closing ceremony. Leni utilised telescopic lenses, underwater cameras, catapult systems for moving events and dug pits to capture the backdrop of the sky. Olympia was a success, winning the German Film Prize and Mussolini Cup.
With the outbreak of war Leni accepted a commission to film the German war effort in Poland, however after witnessing the horrific execution of Polish civilians she retired to the German countryside. There she commenced work on Tiefland, utilising gypsy concentration camp prisoners as unpaid extras. Leni maintained contact with Hitler, sending him a telegraph in 1939 congratulating his victory in France, whilst visiting him with her fiancé near the war’s conclusion. The wars end led to Leni’s arrest and interrogation, followed by her nervous breakdown and divorce. Although exonerated of any war crimes, she was declared ‘a Nazi sympathiser’ and so denazified and released.
The 1960’s saw Leni establish a new career in photography: travelling to Sudan to film traditional Nuba tribes. The resulting work was highly acclaimed, and yet criticised for resembling the fascist ideology. In the 1970’s Leni began her final career, filming and photographing underwater marine life until her death in 2003. She was 101 years old.
For question (B)
I thought this suited Leni to perfection, as she the interpretations of her are unfairly unbalanced. I began by throwing in a Arthur Balfour quote, "history is written by the winners" - a conviction compounded by Winston Churchill who claimed he was going to "write himself into history". I went on to say that Leni's assocation with the Third Reich had resulted in her labelling as one of the loser's in history, evidenced by the stigmata of "Nazi Sympathiser". Consequently, history delves into hyprocrisy in its attempt to interpret her; and that this claim is supporter simply in the disparity in both number of prominence of the various interpretations of Mrs Riefenstahl. I therefore supported my argument by presenting five interpretations of Leni, four of them which can be classified as 'negative' and only one that is 'postiive'.
Dr Jacquiline Hollingworth
Andrew G Bonnell
Therefore, as evident in the inbalance of interpretations.... bla bla bla.
I though the question was suitable for Leni, but limiting. I think it would be hard to mount a case that tried to prove it was balanced. Plus it seems all you could do was compare interpretations; once again Modern History promotes itself as a subject reminescent of science or maths whereby who knows the most and can express it in the most boring way possibly is rewarded; whilst innovation and originality [traits valued in English Adv, Ext 1 and 2; Ancient and Extension History] goes without success.
Still I shouldn't be complaining, I'm assured I will get a high band five if not band six.
This is the end to a terrible relationship between me and modern history.
n. pl. stig·ma·ta (stg-mät, -mt, stgm-) or stig·masthe hsc sucks said:its stigma not stigmata. stigmatas some sorta religious thing.
hope you didnt write all that on her career. it said RISE TO PROMINENCE and triumph of the will and following events all happened when she was well and truly famous.
do u get off on being so full of yourself? serioulsy, every post i have read of yours reeks of it. dont u get exam doubt like every other normal person?
btw: i hope u included what bergfilms and korperkulter and expressionism are as well. cos the context of a person is important in understanding them. you know?
The question asked you to talk about your personality's background and rise to prominence. Both phrases are used as headings in the syllabus outline, which pretty much means that you should talk about the dot points under those two headings, and leave out the stuff under Significance and Evaluation, since it's not relevant to the question. They'll hardly take marks away from you for not stopping where you were supposed to, so you'll be fine, but the response by the person you are arguing with will probably stand the same chance of getting top marks as you, since the irrelevant information you wrote probably won't get you any extra marks.p342i said:I feel sorry for you if you stopped once she had become famous, I really do. Leni's fame continued post-Triumph; and in accordance with the Head fo History at Aloys [a head marker at BOS] I am pretty sure they require you to talk about her entire life.
So according to the syllabus, anything after 1933 wasn't relevant to Personality Question A.Modern History Syllabus said:2 Background
– family background and education
– early career as dancer and film actor
3 Rise to prominence
– direction of ‘The Blue Light’ 1932
– 1933 meeting with Hitler at Wilmershaven
– ban on Jews working in the film industry
– commission for ‘Victory of Faith’ (Nazi Party rally 1933)
4 Significance and evaluation
– relationship with Hitler
– ‘Triumph of the Will’ and ‘Berlin Olympiad’
– international honours and criticism
– post-war arrest
– 1960s Nuba photography
– controversies in later life
– evaluation: for example Nazi propagandist, feminist pioneer?
Actually she's right, you have to mention everything post-triumph of the will as well. You can get maximum 5 marks for that question if you don't include the later part of her life, I know it says rise to prominence but you simply need to keep going as her success did not stop after her invlovement with the Nazi's did.Asheroth said:The question asked you to talk about your personality's background and rise to prominence. Both phrases are used as headings in the syllabus outline, which pretty much means that you should talk about the dot points under those two headings, and leave out the stuff under Significance and Evaluation, since it's not relevant to the question. They'll hardly take marks away from you for not stopping where you were supposed to, so you'll be fine, but the response by the person you are arguing with will probably stand the same chance of getting top marks as you, since the irrelevant information you wrote probably won't get you any extra marks.
EDIT: Ah, here we go.
So according to the syllabus, anything after 1933 wasn't relevant to Personality Question A.
No wonder people think guys from our school are uptight fuckwits. Get over youself.p342i said:n. pl. stig·ma·ta (stg-mät, -mt, stgm-) or stig·mas
A mark or token of infamy, disgrace, or reproach: “Party affiliation has never been more casual... The stigmata of decay are everywhere” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.). See Synonyms at stain.
Stigmata yes can mean a religious experience whereby the affected person experiences the wounds Jesus Christ recieved while dying on the cross; i.e. lacerations in their hands and feet.
But as the above definition states [the first to appear on dictionary.com] shows that a stigmata is far more generic than you make out. Stigmata is merely the noun and/or plural form of stigma. So next time you question my grasp of language, make sure you know what your talking about.
I feel sorry for you if you stopped once she had become famous, I really do. Leni's fame continued post-Triumph; and in accordance with the Head fo History at Aloys [a head marker at BOS] I am pretty sure they require you to talk about her entire life. Anyway, I have no doubt that I will be vindicated on the 19th of December.
No, I dont get exam doubt because I am fully aware of both the extent and limitations of my knowlegde. You are pretty pathetic if you think that people who express what they know and wrote on, the very purpose of these forum, are full of themselves then you obviously are either very insecure or are intimidated by people who actually put emphasis on the HSC, which you evidently dont as cited in you display name.
Considering that I have been employed I am a paid tutor in English for HSC this year, whilst doing it myself, I merely try to mimmick that in other subjects.
Maybe you just have tall poppy syndrome?
You are the first person to vindicate me, so thankyou very very much.Fetus Baby said:Actually she's right, you have to mention everything post-triumph of the will as well. You can get maximum 5 marks for that question if you don't include the later part of her life, I know it says rise to prominence but you simply need to keep going as her success did not stop after her invlovement with the Nazi's did.
p342i, your answer sounds very good, thanks for posting what you wrote, it's good to have that so people can compare, I wish more people did it. But now you've gotten me worried about my critical evaluation.
Oooo, you are so sophisticated Joel.Joel99 said:No wonder people think guys from our school are uptight fuckwits. Get over youself.
Where did I try to be sophisticated?p342i said:Oooo, you are so sophisticated Joel.
How do you know this? Either way I am confident in the fact that I will score higher than 80, and will get into Uni next year.p342i said:Aloys sucks because people like you destroy the perception that we are suppose to be "an Academic School" [you know they even have a section devoted to it in the diary?] Its people like you that ensure that each year, 45% of people get below 80 as a UAI; that we are below the state average in English, and dont even make the top 100 schools.
Yes I will have fun, because thats what life is about in the end is'nt it?p342i said:Have fun in whatever you end up doing next year [lol], I hope I never encounter you again.