Thursday, November 13, 2008

Triumph of the Will



Source: Google Video

Few films have received as much praise and vilification as Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will (1935). The film covers the events of the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg. Riefenstahl was hand-picked by Adolf Hitler to shoot the rally, which was specifically orchestrated for the sake of filming. The use of telephoto lenses, aerial shots, and musical score were innovative cimematic techniques, and served to underscore the work of art as propaganda. Much like D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation, Triumph of the Will is a classic example of art in the service of reprehensive political views.


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In the Library:
  • Baird, Jay W. 1974. The mythical world of Nazi war propaganda, 1939-1945. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. [link:WorldCat]
  • Blakesley, David. 2003. The terministic screen rhetorical perspectives on film. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press. [link: NetLibrary]
  • Riefenstahl, Leni. 1993. A memoir. New York: St. Martin's Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Smith, Matthew Wilson. 2007. The total work of art: from Bayreuth to cyberspace. New York: Routledge. [link: NetLibrary]
  • Zeman, Z. A. B. 1964. Nazi propaganda. London: Oxford University Press. [link: WorldCat]

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