Triumph of the Will [Digitally Remastered] [DVD] [1935]

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Overview

Special Features

  • 2005 digitally re-mastered windowboxed transfer from a 35mm fine grain element
  • Original German language with newly translated removable English subtitles
  • The Leni Riefenstahl short film, Day of Freedom (17 Min.)
  • Optimal quality rsdl dual layer edition
  • Audio commentary by historian Dr. Anthony Santoro

Synopsis

Triumph of the Will
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Leni Riefenstahl
    Leni Riefenstahl
  • Adolf Hitler
    Adolf Hitler
  • Joseph Goebbels
    Joseph Goebbels
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