Triumph of the Will

Triumph of the Will

Leni Riefenstahl
 Cast: Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl
, Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
, Martin Bormann
Martin Bormann
, Joseph Goebbels
Joseph Goebbels

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Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens) is a filmed record of the 1934 Nazi Party Convention, in Nuremberg. No, it is more than just a record: it is an exultation of Adolf Hitler, who from the moment his plane descends from Valhalla-like clouds is visually characterized as a God on Earth. The "Jewish question" is disposed of with a few fleeting closeups; filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl prefers to concentrate on cheering crowds, precision marching, military bands, and Hitler's climactic speech, all orchestrated, choreographed and illuminated on a scale that makes Griffith and DeMille look like poverty-row directors. It has been alleged that the climactic rally, "spontaneous" Sieg-Heils and all, was pre-planned according to Riefenstahl's specifications, the better to take full advantage of its cinematic potential. Allegedly, propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels resented the presence and intrusion of a woman director, but finally had to admit that her images, achieved through the use of 30 cameras and 120 assistants, were worth a thousand speeches. Possibly the most powerful propaganda film ever made, Triumph of the Will is also, in retrospect, one of the most horrifying.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/28/2006
UPC: 0654930305294
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Synapse Films
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 9,438

Special Features

2005 digitally re-mastered windowboxed transfer from a 35mm fine grain element; Original German language with newly translated removable English subtitles; The Leni Riefenstahl short film, Day of Freedom (17 Min.); Optimal quality rsdl dual layer edition ; Audio commentary by historian Dr. Anthony Santoro

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Triumph of the Will
1. Overture [2:13]
2. Flying to Nuremberg' [4:13]
3. Motorcade [4:37]
4. Night Rally [2:58]
5. Youth Encampment [6:09]
6. Farmer's March [2:08]
7. Labor Front Men [2:14]
8. Congress Hall of the N.S.D.A.P. [9:40]
9. Reich Labor Service Review [7:04]
10. Viktor Lutze [3:42]
11. Hitler Youth Rally [10:12]
12. Reichsweir Review [1:30]
13. Night Rally of Political Leaders [8:20]
14. SA and SS Review [11:37]
15. Grand Review of N.S.D.A>P. [13:40]
16. Liebstandarte Bodyguards [4:38]
17. Closing Ceremonies [12:03]
18. N.S.D.A.P. Hymn [3:19]

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