Senior HTF Member
- Dec 11, 2000
- Real Name
- Steve Gonzales
Sorry to hear she's having problems:
BERLIN (Reuters) - Age is finally taking its toll on controversial Nazi-era filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, 98, who over the past year went scuba diving in the Maldives and continued to work on various photography projects.
In an interview with the German magazine Bunte released ahead of her 99th birthday Wednesday, Riefenstahl complained about severe back pain that required strong pain killers.
"I get a morphine infusion every eight hours," she said. Morphine is commonly used against severe pain but is highly addictive.
Riefenstahl gained international notoriety with her film "Triumph of the Will" on the 1934 Nazi party rally in Nuremberg, seen as glorifying Adolf Hitler, and followed this with a spectacular film of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Thereafter she was dubbed the Fuehrer's favorite filmmaker.
Even in her 90s she has remained active and in 2000 survived a dramatic helicopter crash in Sudan in Africa where she was taking photographs. Within months she had recovered well enough to spend two weeks diving in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.
"It is hard for a person who was at one time 100 percent active to experience a slowdown in strength," she said in the interview. "Illnesses increase and one is mentally not as fit any more."
Riefenstahl said she looked forward to her centennial celebration in a year's time.
That's one impressive woman - I'm 35 and wish I had HALF her energy!
"Death's at the bottom of everything, Martins - leave death to the professionals!"
"Mind if I use that line in my next Western?"