Triumph of the will

Triumph of the will

Blu-ray Disc - 2015 | German | Blu-ray version.
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Publisher: [Novi MI] : Synapse Films, 2015.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray 943.086 Tri
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In German with English, Parisian French, Japanese, and Castilian Spanish subtitles.

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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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