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Leni Riefenstahl

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Review: North Face

Nazi queen Leni Riefenstahl's The Blue Light (1932) was only one example of a peculiar, culturally specific German genre known as "mountain films."
A fit of Nazi peak
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 12, 2010
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Open city

In the pioneering early-’80s days of the Toronto Film Festival, the audience actually rose before movie showings for a canned recording of “God Save the Queen.”
The 2007 Toronto Film Festival
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 18, 2007
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Deadly art

It’s tempting to see two new biographies of Leni Riefenstahl and assume they’ll push the envelope, and expose the dirt about her personal life.
Sorting out the life and career of Leni Riefenstahl
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  April 10, 2007
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Pit bulls

They’re called “festival films,” movies that resonate with the serious, eager-minded who attend fests but have little chance in the Darwinian world of theatrical release.
And the Brattle’s WW2 flicks
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 28, 2007
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Drawing Restraint 9

Oddball performance artist Matthew Barney’s new vanity project is misguided, derivative, and overstated but often arresting.
Bloated yet intriguing work from Björk's husband
By MATTIAS FREY  |  May 26, 2006
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Sundance kids?

Phooey on the narrative-film judges at Austin’s 13th South by Southwest Film Festival for bestowing awards on suffocatingly conventional movies.
Our man at SxSW
By GERALD PEARY  |  March 31, 2006


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Banana republic

East Germany graced international screens most recently in the Euro-blockbuster Good Bye, Lenin! (2003).
East (Germany) meets least in ‘Rebels with a Cause’
By MATTIAS FREY  |  February 09, 2006