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Remembering Ella Bergmann-Michel, an artist who showed how fascism lurks in the everyday

A new BBC poll once again saw Nazi-era filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl rehabilitated—but a contemporary documentarian captured a more complex side of fascism

By Cathy Brennan  

Last week, the BBC released a poll that saw 368 critics, programmers and academics across the world vote for their top ten films directed by women. The results were then compiled into a ranking of the top one hundred films.

Some observers were taken aback by the fact that two Nazi propaganda films made it into the top fifty. Film…

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