Hitler's favourite film-maker Riefenstahl turns 101

Leni Riefenstahl, the German film-maker who became a favourite of Adolf Hitler, celebrated her 101st birthday Friday, in bed on the mend from a cancer operation. Although acknowledged as one of the world's great film-makers, Leni Riefenstahl remains hugely controversial because her two major works were funded by, and intended to glorify, Hitler's regime. They were "Triumph of the Will" in 1934 which all but glorified Hitler, and "Olympia" in 1936, a record of the Olympics staged in Berlin that year.