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Riefenstahl's techniques, such as moving cameras, the use of telephoto lenses to create a distorted perspective, aerial photography, and revolutionary approach to the use of music and cinematography, have earned Triumph recognition as one of the greatest propaganda films in history.

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As produced by Riefenstahl, Triumph of the Will posits Germany as a leaderless mass of lost souls without any organizing institutions, or antecedent institutional leaders. The Times critic Bosley Crowther praised Mr.

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Riefenstahl's techniques, such as moving cameras, the use of telephoto lenses to create a distorted perspective, aerial photography, and revolutionary approach to the use of music and cinematography, have earned Triumph recognition as one of the greatest propaganda films in history. Hitler said that this was exactly why he wanted me to do it: because anyone who knew all about the relative importance of the various people and groups and so on might make a film that would be pedantically accurate, but this was not what he wanted. There were frequent close-ups of crowds watching and listening to Hitler, and poses of Hitler shot from well below eye-level to make him appear heroic. Fortunately for her, it turned out to be quite the opposite, in that she had much more freedom and special treatment than she probably ever imagined. However, the followers must be convinced that they can overwhelm the enemies. This meant not only eliminating the citizens of Germany who are not of the Aryan race , but the sick, weak, handicapped, or any other citizens deemed unhealthy or impure. When I was a boy I was taught to think of Englishmen as the five-meal people. Riefenstahl shot Triumph of the Will on a budget of roughly ,RM approx. The German people are better than what they have become because of the impurities in society. After the war, Riefenstahl was imprisoned by the Allies for four years for allegedly being a Nazi sympathizer and was permanently blacklisted by the film industry. Riefenstahl was initially reluctant to make any documentaries at all for Hitler.

Wehrmacht objections[ edit ] The first controversy over Triumph of the Will occurred even before its release, when several generals in the Wehrmacht protested over the minimal army presence in the film. Winston asks the viewers to consider if such a film should be seen as anything more than a pedestrian effort.

However, there were few claims that the film would result in a mass influx of " converts " to fascism and the Nazis apparently did not make a serious effort to promote the film outside of Germany.

She also pointed out that Triumph of the Will contains "not one single anti-semitic word", although it does contain a veiled comment by Julius Streicherthe notorious Jew-baiter who was hanged after the Nuremberg trialsthat "a people that does not protect its racial purity will perish".

Like Rotha, he finds the film tedious, and believes anyone who takes the time to analyze its structure will quickly agree. He wanted a film showing the Congress through a non-expert eye, selecting just what was most artistically satisfying—in terms of spectacle, I suppose you might say.

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Triumph of the Will: Film Art or Nazi Propaganda?