Triumph of the Will.
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl.
Facets Video, Chicago, 2006.
As an historical record, a cautionary example of propaganda filmmaking, and, yes, as a work of art, Leni Riefenstahl's documentary film of the 1934 Nazi Party Rally in Nuremberg stands as one of the most important movies ever made. Enormously controversial to this day, the film's powerful imagery retains its dramatic impact even as its message offends. Hitler, Hermann Goring, Rudolf Hess, Heinrich Himmler and other architects of the Holocaust are glorified in this troubling, yet beautifully filmed work. Essential viewing for film and history scholars or, for that matter, anyone who wants to understand how even the darkest sort of leadership can be reinforced through media manipulation. In German with English subtitles.
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