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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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Overview

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.


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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: 7,292

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leni Riefenstahl Actor
Adolf Hitler Participant
Martin Bormann Participant
Joseph Goebbels Participant
Hermann Göring Participant
Rudolf Hess Participant
Heinrich Himmler Participant

Technical Credits
Leni Riefenstahl Director,Screenwriter
Walter Ruttmann Screenwriter

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