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Riefenstahl's perfect shame
How does one rate a masterpiece created for the very worst of causes? Leni Riefenstahl was a great actress and director of what were called "mountain pictures" during the silent era of movie making. She uses in this film all the skills she had acquired to present Hitler as an Olympian savior of the German people. He of course turned out to be the cause of death for millions around the world. The movie is presented by it's director as a documentary of the Nuremberg rally of 1934 but the rally itself was staged and events repeated several times in order to create the kind of film that Hitler and Riefenstahl desired. The Triumph of the Will is more an example of the triumph of propaganda. It is essential viewing for those interested in World War 2 and for those interested in the history of advertising (i.e. propaganda).
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