The documentaries she made for the Nazis.
Leni Feifenstahl made a total of five films for the Third Reich.
Das blaue Licht (1932, The Blue Light)
Riefenstahl's directorial debut, in which she also played the role of Junta, the mountain girl. Premiered on March 24, 1932. Re-edited and re-cut by Riefenstahl in 1951.
Sieg des Glaubens (1933, Victory of Faith)
A practice run for Riefenstahl's much better Triumph des Willens. Leni was informed by Hitler in the production of this documentary for the 1933 Party Rally at Nuremberg.
Triumph des Willens (1934, Triumph of the Will)
This documentary of Hitler and the Nuremberg rallies is considered a masterpiece of cinematic propaganda. The production of this documentary based on Hitler and the Nuremberg rallies became known as Leni’s most controversial picture. The premier occurred on March 28th, 1935 and on May 1st of 1935, Goebbels (Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, 1932) awarded The National Film Prize to Reinfenstahl for her film.
Tag der Freiheit (1935, Day of Freedom)
Also known as Day of Freedom - Our Armed Forces. A 15-minute film, to show the Wehrmacht event on General von Reichenau’s request and the Germany Army for Hitler’s benefit.
Olympia (1938, Olympia)
Riefenstahl's classic documentary of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin was released in two parts: Fest der Völker (“Festival of Nations”) and Fest der Schönheit (“Festival of Beauty”). It took her almost two years to sort and edit the film. The Olympia crew of 60 cinematographers had shot over 1.3 million feet of film on three different types of film stock. The film premiered on Hitler's birthday, April 20, 1938 - after a month's delay caused by his annexation of Austria.