Triumph of the will

Triumph of the will

DVD - 2001 | German
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This film, commissioned by Adolf Hitler to record the 1934 Nazi party rally in Nuremberg, is the "most powerful piece of propaganda ever produced". Included are many scenes of gatherings, marches, and parades. The viewer will also hear speeches given by Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, and Hess as well as samples of monumental architecture designed by Albert Speer.
Publisher: Bloomington, IL : Synapse Films, c2001
Edition: Special ed
Branch Call Number: GER 943.086 T83L
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Riefenstahl, Leni

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An exercise in the sinister power of cinema, Triumph of the Will was a Nazi propaganda film that increased party recruitment before WWII by creating the illusion that the Third Reich had universal support. How different the world could have been if this film had not been made.


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akirakato
Apr 16, 2018

Directed by Leni Riefenstahl in 1934, this 110-minute propaganda film depicts the 1934 Nazi Party Rally in Nuremberg.
It was ridiculously and amazingly well-organized mass hysteria.
I admire the way Hitler talked and at the same time despise the way he instilled into his people the madness and insanity that drove the Germans into the second world war and the demise of the Third Reich.
I'm pretty sure HItler must have loved Leni Riefenstahl from the bottom of his heart.
In any case, it is definitely one of the best, if not craziest, propaganda films I've ever watched.

Marinetti Feb 28, 2017

Leni Riefenstahl's controversial masterwork is a historically significant and, at times, horrifyingly manipulative exercise in propaganda for the Nazi regime, showcasing German Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler at the 1934 Nuremberg Rally. Edited from over 60 hours of footage shot over the course of the rally's 4 days, the film is visually remarkable in the way it captures the event's enormous scale.

Subject matter aside, it truly is an astounding film that introduced many film-making techniques that are now standard. It is also an important lesson in understanding the power of film as propaganda.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

Filmed “20 years after the outbreak of war, 16 years after the beginning of Germany’s suffering, and 19 months after the beginning of the German Rebirth”, Leni Riefenstahl’s documentary chronicling the Third Reich’s glorious 1934 Nuremberg Rally is definitely a triumph of cinematic propaganda. Given full rein by the Führer himself Riefenstahl employed thirty cameras and over one hundred technicians in order to showcase all the parades and impassioned speeches in their best possible light. Beginning with Hitler’s plane descending from the clouds to be greeted like the new messiah by throngs of saluting acolytes, Leni employs every trick in the book to unite the man with the myth—a triumphant motorcade into the heart of the city gushes with patriotic photo ops; a carefully staged trek through a spotless youth camp shows a sea of freshly scrubbed aryans laughing ecstatically for the camera; and Adolph is filmed against stadiums full of screaming loyalists…at one point Leni has him positioned in front of a distant arc lamp creating the impression of a heavenly aura surrounding the man. She even manages to get Hitler’s posse (Göring, Hess, Goebbels et al) to smile benevolently into her lens. And everywhere can be seen the beloved swastika swaying gently from balconies or carried aloft by enraptured party members. Supposedly required viewing for all school children at the time—and then banned after the war—Riefenstahl’s moving testimony is now rife with ironies and ominous undertones given our gift of hindsight—those once subtle references to “racial purity” ring especially loud and clear today. A marvelous example of the filmmaker’s ability to manufacture truth and then sell it to an entire nation.

A hard dvd to watch because of the subject matter and what happened in history due to the subjects covered in this film, arguably propaganda more than anything else.

kevfarley Jun 14, 2014

The classic propaganda film!! A must-see for history buffs. And follow it up with Frank Capas' 'Why We Fight'.

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