Triumph of the Will (1935)

Not Rated   |    |  Documentary, History, War

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The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.


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  • Self - Führer und Reichskanzler
  • Self - Views Parade of SA in Long Pants, No Banners
  • Self - Sits on Hitler's Left, at HJ Rally, Enters Hall Behind Hess, Sits Behind Streicher
  • Self - Views Parade of SA in Long Pants, No Banners, Views SS Parade
  • Self - Health of Our Farmers Speech
  • Self - Truth About Germany Speech
  • Self - Commander of the SS-Leibstandarten
  • Self - Speech
  • Self - Arrives by Plane with Hitler, Bright Flame Speech, at HJ Rally, Views RAD Parade, Listens to Hitler
    (as Josef Goebbels)
  • Blood Flag Bearer
  • Self - Listens to Hess, Reviews Army, Parades in SA Uniform Then Joins Hitler, Listens to Hitler, Stands and Nods Agreement
  • Self - Opens Congress, You Are Germany Speech, at HJ Rally, Reviews Parade, Sits on Hitler's Right, Introduces Hitler, Listens to Hitler, Hitler Is Germany Speech
  • Self - Views SS Parade with Other Officers by Hitler's Car
  • Self - National Labour Service Speech, Presents RAD to Hitler, Leads RAD Parade Then Joins Hitler
  • Self - Walks to Flame with Hitler and Lutze, Leads SS at SA Rally, Leads SS Parade Then Joins Hitler, Sits Beside Lutze, Listens to Hitler


Leni Riefenstahl


Leni Riefenstahl, Walter Ruttmann, Eberhard Taubert

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6 July 2003 | Air America
A Propaganda Masterpiece
This film was more or less a documentary of the early years of the NSDAP and Hitler's rise to Chancellor in 1933. As a propaganda work, it is unsurpassed in its content and and portrayals. All that seems to be missing from it was Hitler opening the 1936 Olympic Games. It encompasses all of the elements necessary to maintain a command over an entire nation and people.

Until just the last few years of the 20th Century, the film was classified; a piece of seized property and therefore unknown to most of the American people. Interestingly enough, it is connected with our history by way of the Watergate burglary and scandal. It has been said that G. Gordon Liddy took men connected with this event to a showing of the film which he apparently had access to. It was said to have been the most striking example of a mission and of the elements of command.

Not the lone film of its kind, the American public was subjected to propaganda films as well. One that comes to mind is "North Star," which was a film purporting to portray life in the Soviet Union in the late thirties and early forties. Communism was not a popular subject with the American people so this film was produced with much pro-Russian sentiment and fanciful portrayals of the Russian people. At this it may be said to be successful as much of the anti-communist furor was dispelled and the American people accepted sending billions of dollars in equipment and aid to Russia who after 1941, was fighting Germany on a wide front.

The American equivalent to "Triumph of the Will" was the series, "Why We Fight," which contained seven films about the American interests in World War II.

For sure grandeur and gesture, "Triumph of the Will" likely receives several stars, however has no great redeeming value other than spectacle and showing a few faces and voices from that time. A must-see for historians and military aficionados

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