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: 12/15/2015
UPC: 0654930317693
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Synapse Films
Region Code: ABC
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 15,018

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Leni Riefenstahl's short film Day Of Freedom Audio commentary by Dr. Anthony R. Santoro, specialist on National Socialist German history

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