Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2013 Sara Dunleavy Berge
Moments before the Weimar Republic succumbed National Socialism, and their paths sharply diverged as a result, Leni Riefenstahl and Béla Balázs collaborated to make Das Blaue Licht. Within a year of their collaboration Riefenstahl was working closely with Hitler on plans for Triumph of the Will, and Balázs, a Hungarian Jew, had fled to Moscow without credit or payment for Das Blaue Licht, which he co-wrote and co-directed. This thesis explores multiple readings of Das Blaue Licht, as a modern text, a fascist text, and ultimately, one that exists in a complex gray zone.
Dunleavy Berge, Sara, "Grasping at Modernism in 1932: Alternative Readings of Das Blaue Licht, a Collaboration of Leni Riefenstahl and Béla Balázs" (2013). Scripps Senior Theses. 301.
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