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Triumph Of The Will (DVD) 2010
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Leni Riefenstahl's cinematic masterpiece of the September 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg (called in German `Triumph des Willens') is rightly regarded as a historic landmark in film history which wrote the rules for documentary film-making and set new standards in visual-montage storytelling.

If you have any interest in the history of cinema and have never seen this film, you need to. Riefenstahl's clever techniques include combining close-up details of the faces of ordinary participants juxtaposed with mass marching formations and stirring martial music, rostrum speeches, long scenes of ecstatic crowds which a less courageous film maker would have shortened, and camera perspectives from the air, from street level and angled upwards from a child's-eye view. The end-result is an engrossing and extremely powerful film of a single event, without one word of voiceover commentary.

Riefenstahl succeeds in communicating the faultless organization of mass pageantry, and most of all the god-like effect of Hitler on his audiences. The spell builds relentlessly, though after 90 minutes the modern viewer is likely to be mesmerized by yet another band of goose-stepping men marching in faultless precision in dazzling uniforms, filmed in meticulous detail.

The 2010 release from Simply Home Entertainment (ASIN: B003O2KQGE with a sepia-tan image of Riefenstahl crouching behind a huge telescopic camera bottom-right and the tag-line "The banned masterpiece of Nazi Cinema") is an excellent package. The print is sharp and clear, with - considering the age of the film - superb sound. Subtitles are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Norwegian via an easy-to-navigate menu. The subs are thoughtfully executed, easy to read and do not intrude too much into the film image. Extras include short films of the Nazi Party Nuremberg Rallys from 1935, 1936, 1937 & 1938 as cinema-news items, some with a Brit-English voiceover, and 4 different scene-selection options.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2011
When it comes to aesthetic film history, this is certainly a 'masterpiece': Of course, one cannot disregard the content, but if you concentrate on the techniques employed, you will find both elements of 'realist' and 'formative' approaches to filmmaking and I would recommend watching Orson Welles' 'Citizen Kane' afterwards.
Compare this to Riefenstahl's earlier films (e.g. 'Das Blaue Licht' - 'the blue light' of 1932 and 'the holy mountain'/'der heilige berg' of 1926).
Again, the techniques are refined in her later film about the Olympic Games 1936.
Without a film like 'Triumph of the Will' (incidentally, a useful booklet is included and gives a contextual account of the film and its director), perhaps techniques in filmmaking and montage would have taken many years to be discovered. It is also very suitable for historical study, since, especially if compared with her 'Sieg des Glaubens' / 'victory of faith', depicting the 1933 Party congress! The differences appear subtle (e.g. you can see a dictator "in the making", including the infighting. You will note the difference in size of crowds; you will see the difference in uniforms, flags (1933 was still more "Prussian"/"Weimar Republic" than 1934). Even in the 1934 film, you will note the opening speech of the actual party congress referring - with great reverence - to the recently deceased Field Marshall Hindenburg (Weimar's last President).
The film is full of world and film history and to dismiss it merely for portraying a vile and evil regime would not do it justice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2014
I had a copy of this on VHS taped from BBC2 many years ago, but unfortunately the TV reception was poor. Then I saw that this was available on DVD at last. The version I bought has a second film 'Day of Freedom' on the disc, but the quality is so poor it makes for hard viewing, with lots of dirty splodges degrading the images. But the main title was fine, with reasonable sound, and good available subtitles. It could have done with a more modern image restoration to increase the contrast. This would improve the stunning night-time shots no end. The Nazi propaganda aside, this is one hell of a film, all the more scary to realise what was to come in later years. I was born at the end of 1937, and being fair-haired and blue-eyed what would have happened to me if Germany had won the war? After seeing this film I have a pretty good idea.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2011
Film-maker Leni Riefenstahl made this documentary on the orders of Adolf Hitler: capturing the 1934 Nuremburg Rally in all its pomp, ceremony, farce and fear. The film is, by turns, fascinating, frightening, alluring and repulsive. No matter what one's own personal, political views or persuasion, it is difficult at times not to feel attracted by the clear, mass-hypnotic power Hitler is seen to undeniably have over the assembled thousands in this documentary. Everything is orchestrated and played out to such an extent that terms such as "hysteria" and "fanaticism" seem scarcely appropriate to apply. Footage of Hitler's speeches during the rally are simultaneously compelling and disturbing. All of the other infamous, prominent members of the Nazi Party are, of course, also featured - all in their own way falling over themselves in their own speeches to praise and praise again their Fuhrer. This is pantomime and nightmare in one. A priceless historical document detailing one of the darkest periods of the last century.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2012
A great movie, especially to destroy the myth that Hitler overtook the power by a military coup, the German people brought him into power and they had to know what follows next. A pity that the technical dvd quality is so bad not up to date to what is possible nowadays.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2013
No wonder the youth of Germany were fascinated by Hitler in 1934. The Nuremberg rally was a masterpiece of organization.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2013
Sound wasn't great but understandable, moments of important history not to be forgotten! would recommend it to a friend who was interested in those facts.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2012
I bought this DVD as I am interested in this period in history. This got recommended to me as I was told it held a good insight into Germany at that time. How right they were! This DVD is helpful if you wish to know more about Germany and how they viewed life during that time.
Would recommend!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 July 2013
This was a high expectations documentary that I have wanted to see since I was a child. Until now I have only been told of VHS copies and refuse to take that step back since the introdution of DVD's in the '96 early '97.

I was so impressed with Leni's work I will be looking for all her work now as she gives the only perspective I have seen that is not tainted by the media. Brilliant work Leni
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on 10 January 2014
A historical document of the 1934 Nuremberg rally

A fascinating watch, on how politics played out back in the day

No rants of hate in there !!! Surprisingly enough

Just speeches, music & regimental parades - so nothing offensive

Interesting viewing
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