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Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will)

source: Wikipedia

Triumph des Willens is a propaganda film made by Leni Riefenstahl. It chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg (the Nuremburg Rally was attended by Nazi supporters to promote the Nazi political party), which was attended by more than 30,000 Nazi supporters. The film contains excerpts from speeches given by various Nazi leaders at the Congress, including portions of speeches by Adolf Hitler, interspersed with footage of massed party members. Hitler commissioned the film and served as an unofficial executive producer; his name appears in the opening titles. The overriding theme of the film is the return of Germany as a great power, with Hitler as the True German Leader who will bring glory to the nation.

Triumph of the Will was released in 1935 and rapidly became one of the best-known examples of propaganda in film history. Riefenstahl’s techniques, such as moving cameras, the use of telephoto lenses to create a distorted perspective, aerial photography, and revolutionary approach to the use of music and cinematography, have earned Triumph recognition as one of the greatest films in history. Riefenstahl won several awards, not only in Germany but also in the United States, France, Sweden, and other countries. The film was popular in the Third Reich and elsewhere, and has continued to influence movies, documentaries, and commercials to this day.

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The Victory of Faith (1933) is the first documentary film directed by Leni Riefenstahl. It documents the Fifth NSDAP Nuremberg Congress shortly after the party came to power.

The film includes Ernst Röhm, head of the SA and, at the time, the second most powerful man within the Nazi Party. Less than a year later, Ernst Röhm attempted, along with other top SA members, a military coup against the elected government of Hitler. The film Triumph des Willens was produced to replace this one and follows a similar script.

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(This video available from Archive.org- the Internet Archive)

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