Triumph Will Leni Riefenstahl

Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Director: Leni Riefenstahl
Starring: Adolf Hitler,Hermann Göring,Max Amann
IMDB: 7.5
Genres: Military & War, Documentary
Studio: Unavailable

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The subject of the film is the 1934 Nazi Party convention. Riefenstahl’s film pioneered many dramatic techniques of film direction and editing which have effectively translated to the screen all the paganistic joy, the unrestrained emotion, and the awesome power which characterized the Nazi rallies.

one of the greatest films – ever

Utterly brilliant film that was unfortunately very difficult to find (alongwith some other great films by propaghandist directors like SergeiEinsten)until a dvd release recently . Just look at the long shots.Absolutely no cameras visible. Truly meticulous work. Astounding score. Theopening sequence of Hitler’s descent is brilliant artistry, with thedirector creating the implicit parallel of God’s descent from heaven.Excellent film for anyone remotely interested in politics since all thesetechniques are routinely used in campaign ads. People often neglect torealize the inherent politicality of all art. Art’s politics is at its mostdangerous when we fail to realize this simple truth – art and politics areinextricably linked. Do you think there’s not a reason why the Americanmarket will soon be glutted with war films as we prepare for one? gee, iwonder. Riefenstahl is an amazing director, one that should have done morefilms. When we censor great works for fear of "what they might do to the’ignorant’", we’re a lot closer to the fascists than theirdetractors.

Powerful and history-making film masterpiece!

Triumph Des Willens was a blockbuster film in a number of ways. It wasmeant to be a proper memorializing of an annual NSDAP Parteitag held inNurenburg. A prior attempt, Sieg Des Glaubens, had proved to be afailure. Adolf Hitler gave director Leni Riefebstahl full rein to useall means to make this film the success which he wanted. First, manyinnovations in camera techniques, sound synchronization, storyboarding,staging, etc., made movie history. Second, it was an overt appeal tothe emotions of both Germans and foreigners that suggested theexcitement for and the apparent power of the new Third Reich. Third,the film was part of a multimedia campaign ahead of its time. Itssuccess was confirmed for many years by the almost universal ban mostcountries placed on its showings. And sixty years later it is stilleffective in both thrills and chills. Highlights: the first 20 minutesor so resemble a media drama; the solemn military reviews demonstratecomponents of state power; speeches illustrate the personnel in powerat the time. Quite a package!


Leni Riefenstahl was way a head of her time. Her filmingtechniques,unheard of at the time. She was commissioned to make thisfilm,and whether you agree or not with the subject matter,she did itwell.The cast of characters will be seen for all time,in all theirinfamous glory.While Leni was not a member of the Nazi party,sheabsolutely captured the essence of the German mass hysteria whichprevailed at that time.While she was a great film maker,she was apolitical moron swept up in the times as many others were.It was a job,and she did it well.


One for the film historians…

This film can only be judged or analyzed in any meaningful way only bythose who can envision Germany and its people with the hindsight of thedecade following its defeat in WWI and the ensuing economic chaos ofthe 1920s. For those of us who can objectively remove ourselves fromour time and revisit the year in which it was filmed, 1934, and thencompare it only with all other films made during that early part of the20th Century can we locate the single word describing it … astonishing.

We are called to objectivity when commenting on a book or film, a pieceof art, or product. Only when that is accomplished does a comment haveany enduring and meaningful value. Another thing I have foundastonishing about this film and its creator is the seemingly uniqueinability of those commenting on it to be objective. It is seen in theoverwhelming number of cases, not from the time in which it was madebut with the hindsight of decades of history that had not yet takenplace.

A cinematic gem

This is the movie featuring the most beautiful visual and audiosequences ever done. Leni Rifenstahl does truly unparallell jobtransmitting the unique atmosphere of unity, pride, joy, love andcompassion of 3 days in Nurnberg onto the screen. Her ideas of camerawork, sharp editing and close-ups served as example for most moderndirectors.

Since it’s a documentary, the movie revolves around prominent NazionalSocialist leaders delivering speeches in a large party meeting. Most ofthe speeches deal with then-current events in Germany, so it’s a goodidea to read a history book if you’re not familiar with them, to fullyunderstand the movie. Some scenes are absolutely fascinating: Hess’sopening speech, Hither addressing Labour Movement and the SA/SSmeeting.

P.S. BTW, despite popular beliefs, there are no antisemitic orchauvinistic remarks or propaganda speeches in the movie, so it’s nomore offensive than history channel. A must-see for everyone, who’sinterested in history and sociology.


Whatever ones beliefs this is amazing. Leni Riefenstahl was a greatdirector with amazing vision.Not alone is there all the marching andsaluting which one would expect from a documentary filmed in NaziGermany but Riefenstahl also gives snap shots of the people who are inthe crowd at the various events.The looks of amazement and zeal on thefaces of many who are watching is testimony, in my opinion ,to howmesmerizing an event this was.Riefenstahl captures the atmosphere andthe excitement of this event.The last seen where Hitler is giving afiery speech shows Riefenstahls genius at work.The camera angles areamazing and give a feeling of being there.I would highly recommend thisnot only to historians but also to students of film.

A masterwork of cinematography and documentary film-making.

Triumph Of The Will is the official record of the Nazi party congressheld at Nuremberg in 1934.

It’s a devastatingly brilliant piece of film-making – right from theopening sequence of Adolf Hitler descending from the skies, his planeshadowed against the clouds. The rally scenes are a terrifying exampleof the camera’s power of propaganda. After World War II the film wasbanned for many years because of general fears that it might inspire anew Nazi party. Director Leni Riefenstahl won several awards, not onlyin Germany but also in the United States, France, Sweden, and othercountries.

Groundbreaking Documentary

No matter what you think of Nazis this film is brilliant. It was thefirstof the kind political documentary. The beginning may bore some viewers,butthose who stay will be rewarded by some of the most famous documentaryfootage ever shot. I feel I could see this movie a few times withoutbeingbored. In fact, the more you watch the more fun it is.

Right in the Gut…

The reason this film upsets us so much is because, no matter how we tryto deny it, it works. Well. Riefenstahl’s intent was to move theaudience to react with positive emotion to the images and peopledepicted in it, and we do. If we allow ourselves to be completelyunguarded, we find our spines tingling in time to the shining faces andblonde hair and lockstep masses of troops passing the camera to thetune of "The Koeniggraetzer March." If we aren’t careful and view thisfilm too objectively, the subject matter ceases to be repulsive.

We who are descendants of The Allies have a difficult time with theidea that the Germans were anything but willing participants in an evilmovement. This film makes us rethink the image that the movement heldup for itself and how easy it might be to buy it without the hindsightof history. Perhaps the Germans weren’t so stupid…it might have justbeen a bad national purchase based on one hell of an infomercial.

Grade: A+.

Things to watch for: Hitler as Wotan; World’s Scariest Youth Rally;Foot-Tappin’ March Music

Decide for yourself!

There is scarcely a review which doesn’t focus on the meaning or messagecontained within this film.

I don’t mean to suggest that those elements don’t exist; I merely want tosuggest that there is much more in this powerful film.

Like Olympia, this is a masterfully crafted work of art.

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