January 7, 2002 16:08
The movie will be released to coincide with Leni Riefenstahl's 100th birthday...
The film, 'Impressionen Unter Wasser' ['Impressions under Water'], is a 45-minute feature on underwater life in the Indian Ocean. Shot mostly around Papua New Guinea, it is made up of footage captured by Riefenstahl between the mid '70s and 2000. It is Riefenstadl's first film in 48 years and will appear on August 22, her 100th birthday.
Moroder is best known for helping kick-start the sleek disco sound that came to characterise much of the '70s. Combining with Pete Bellotte, he started in 1974 by producing Donna Summer's 'Lady of The Night', breaking through in 1975 with the 17-minute anthem 'Love To Love You Baby'. He and Bellotte continued to work with Summer through much of the decade, their collaboration reaching its peak with the watershed hit 'I Feel Love'. He went to soundtrack a series of Hollywood features, picking an Oscar for 'Flashdance... What a Feeling' performed by Irene Cara from 1983's 'Flashdance'.
Riefenstahl was forever marked in notoriety for her 1934 Nazi propaganda film 'Triumph Of The Will'. Despite its dubious Aryan leanings, and the fact that she spent time in Hitler's company at his coastal retreat on the Baltic coast, Riefenstahl has always denied she was a member of the Nazi Party, continually claiming she was uninterested in politics.
Die Welt newspaper in Germany has revealed that a biopic about the film-maker, staring Jodie Foster, is about to go into production. It is scheduled for release in 2003.