Review of Nazi Propaganda Film, Triumph of Will

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March 23rd, 2011

Triumph of the Will is a Nazi propaganda film released in 1934 by the Nazi party. This film was written and directed by Leni Riefenstahl. Walter Ruttman also co-wrote this film. It stars Adolf Hitler, Herman Göring, and Max Amann. I watched this film in my house on March 21st. Given that this was a propaganda film, there is no real release information as it was not to make profits, but to brainwash/convince people to believe in what the Nazi party stood for.

Hitler commissioned triumph of the Will in 1934. It covers the events of the Sixth Nuremberg Party Congress. The initial purpose of the film was to document the Sixth Nuremberg Party Congress (NSDAP), for future generations, to see the history of the Third Reich. In reality, Triumph of the Will became a propaganda film that drew in the masses, and sucked many people into believing the ways of the Nazi party were the only ways. Adolf Hitler had a terrifying ability to allure crowds to his beliefs, just by the power and tone of his words.

This film was on the edge of becoming a documentary, but is classified mostly as a propaganda film, and so it was true, real-life events, portrayed and “staged”. Although the Nuremberg conference would have taken place, whether the film was or not, preparations for the conference were carefully arranged around the filming of the movie. Leni Riefenstahl claimed that she knew nothing of the objectives of the Nuremberg Rally. The film was financed by the Nazi government and commissioned by Hitler himself. The film reached and influenced far more people than originally expected.

This film was set in Nuremberg, and was the documenting of the Nuremberg Conference. The director, Leni Riefenstahl set up rolling tracks, so that the cameramen could get all the angles that she wanted. This was also effective in gaining rolling shots of the crowds. Many of the vocals, were not up to par, and so many major party leaders reenacted their speeches in a studio....
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