The film director attended the Berlin bookburning rally in 1938. She attempted to film Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and other members of the German High Command but was frustrated in her attempts to get the men to follow her instruction.
Behind the scenes
- "No more propaganda films!"
- ―Leni Riefenstahl[src]
The Film Director was played by veteran German actress Suzanne Roquette in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Although Roquette's scenes were filmed, they were ultimately cut from the final version of the film. However, they were retained in Rob MacGregor's novelization of the film.
The Film Director character was inspired by the late Leni Riefenstahl. Adolf Hitler's official biographer, Riefenstahl was noted for her work on Nazi propaganda films such as Triumph des Willens and Olympia. The Film Director character was identified as Riefenstahl in Jeffrey Boam's earlier drafts of the script. Despite the historical Riefenstahl's reputation as a Nazi sympathizer, both director Steven Spielberg and writer George Lucas admired Riefenstahl's ability.