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Triumph of the Will (1934)

Original Title: Triumph des Willens

Director: Leni Riefenstahl

Writers: Leni Riefenstahl; Walter Ruttmann

Keywords: Documentary, Propaganda

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Martin Bormann
17-Jun-1900 2-May-1945 Adolf Hitler's adjutant
Sepp Dietrich
28-May-1892 22-Apr-1966 Nazi general, guilty of war crimes
Hans Frank
23-May-1900 16-Oct-1946 Nazi King of Poland
Joseph Goebbels
29-Oct-1897 1-May-1945 Reich Minister of Propaganda
Hermann Goering
12-Jan-1893 15-Oct-1946 Founder of the Gestapo
Rudolf Hess
26-Apr-1894 17-Aug-1987 Deputy Fuhrer flew unauthorized to Scotland
Reinhard Heydrich
7-Mar-1904 4-Jun-1942 Protector of Bohemia and Moravia
Heinrich Himmler
7-Oct-1900 23-May-1945 Leader of the SS
Adolf Hitler
Head of State
20-Apr-1889 30-Apr-1945 Chancellor of Germany, 1933-45
Robert Ley
15-Feb-1890 25-Oct-1945 Nazi union buster, slave master
Erich Raeder
24-Apr-1876 6-Nov-1960 Reich Admiral
Alfred Rosenberg
12-Jan-1893 16-Oct-1946 Nazi Minister for Occupied Territories
Hjalmar Schacht
22-Jan-1877 3-Jun-1970 Reich Minister of Economics
Julius Streicher
12-Feb-1885 16-Oct-1946 Editor of Der Stuermer 1923-45
Fritz Todt
4-Sep-1891 8-Feb-1942 Nazi engineer, finished the Autobahn
Werner von Blomberg
2-Sep-1878 22-Mar-1946 Nazi general, married a whore
Baldur von Schirach
9-Mar-1907 8-Aug-1974 Hitler-Jugend, Gauleiter of Vienna


Review by AFV (posted on 8-Sep-2005)

The movie by itself is depictive of the carefully and skillfully orquestrated Nazi propaganda. The camera work (and film) is definitely advanced for being a 1930s production. The city of Nuremberg is very nicely displayed as well. The special features are great: It is a demo of the german military branches to a huge crowd forefronted by Hitler/Goering, Fritz, etc... They recreate a battle scene, shooting at each other, then the panzer brigades, shows up, followed by the luftwaffe. From now and then the camera pans to the Hilter and his generals -- and you can see them laughing, that is histerical -- funny. Nevertheless it is an awesome display of Germany's military power at the time.

The best aspect of this movie is the comentary by a historian(don't recall the name). He describes each moment of the film with inmense detail, all the characters, it is very informative. The comentary alone is worth it. Strongly recommend it (with commentary)

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