Leni Riefenstahl

  1. Camilla Horn, Faust – Eine deutsche Volkssage, Germany, 1926.      Before Hollywood called after her triumph in the German film, Die freudlose Gasse (UK/US: Joyless Street), 1924,  Garbo was supposed to play Gretchen for director FW Murnau. Riefenstahl then tried to  win the role. Finally, it became  the screen debut  of  Horn, previously only an on-set  stand-in for other actresses. For example, Murnau first met her when she was Lil Dagover’s double during his Tartuffe, 1925. Riefenstahl then became….
  2. Marlene Dietrich,  Der Blau Engle/The Blue Angel, Germany, 1930.     … Hitler’s favourite  film-maker – Triumph des Willens/Triumph of the Will, 1935, and the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games doc. Earlier, she was among the German starlets  seen by Josef von Sternberg for Lola Loa. Leni acted in some ten films, 1925-1933. Problem was she over-praised Dietrich… “She might be a  good type for you.”


 Birth year: 1902 Death year: 2003 Other name:  Usual occupation: Film director Casting Calls:  2