Triumph of the Will / Triumph des Willens
Directed by: Leni Riefenstahl Script: Leni Riefenstahl Producer: Leni Riefenstah Production company: Reichsparteitag-Film Cinematography: Sepp Allgeier Editing: Leni Riefenstah Music: Herbert Windt, Richard Wagner Cast: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring
Format: video Running time: 110'
Synopsis 'Triumph of the Will' is a propaganda film that chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg. The film contains excerpts from speeches given by various Nazi leaders at the Congress, including portions of speeches by Adolf Hitler, interspersed with footage of massed party members. Hitler commissioned the film and served as an unofficial executive producer. The overriding theme of the film is the return of Germany as a great power, with Hitler as the True German Leader who will bring glory to the nation. 'Triumph of the Will' rapidly became one of the best-known examples of propaganda in film history. 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 films in history.
Directors Biography Leni Riefenstahl (1902 – 2003) was a German film director, actress and dancer widely noted for her aesthetics and innovations as a filmmaker. Her most famous film was 'Triumph of the Will', a propaganda film made at the 1934 Nuremberg congress of the Nazi Party. Riefenstahl's prominence in the Third Reich along with her personal friendships with Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels thwarted her film career following Germany's defeat in World War II, after which she was arrested but never convicted of any crimes. Although she made only eight films, just two of which received significant coverage outside of Germany.In the 1970s Riefenstahl published her still photography of the Nuba tribes in Africa in several books such as The Last of the Nuba. She was active up until her death and also published marine life stills and released the marine-based film Impressionen unter Wasser in 2002.
Location and screening schedule: BUG cinema &TD, Tuesday, October 20th at 18.00