Steve Bannon finds Leni Riefenstahl’s work inspiring

Yes, the work of the woman who was a willing medium of Nazi propaganda and contributed immeasurably to the public embrace of Hitler and the Nazi party. According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:

Hitler saw Leni Riefenstahl as a director who could use aesthetics to produce an image of a strong Germany imbued with Wagnerian motifs of power and beauty. In 1933, he asked Riefenstahl to direct a short film, Der Sieg des Glaubens (The Victory of Faith), shot at that year’s Nuremberg Nazi Party Rally. The film was a template for her more famous work, Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will), shot at the Nuremberg Rally the following year, in 1934.

The revelation that Steve Bannon identifies with Riefenstahl comes by way of yet another article that, in part, seeks to intellectualize cold, calculated bigotry. According to Matt Pierce’s in-depth look at the trajectory our nation’s self-associated Darth Vader followed to this point:

In the past, Bannon has repeatedly expressed his affinity for the technique of Nazi propaganda filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, whose work in the 1930s glamorized the rise of Adolf Hitler. “One time we were in the office, and he said, ‘I want to be the Leni Riefenstahl of George Bush,’ and I was horrified,’” [Bannon’s former writing partner Julia] Jones said.

“What?!” you may be gasping. He wanted to be the Leni Riefenstahl of … anything? But there’s a qualifier:

(Jones said Bannon later amended his remark to say he wanted to be the Riefenstahl of the GOP.)

Oh, that’s OK then.

via Stephen Bannon found inspiration in ancient thinkers, Ronald Reagan and Nazi propaganda – LA Times

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