Film Analysis: Triumph Of The Will

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Triumph of the Will is a documentary that records the Nazi Party Convention in Nuremberg, Germany that took place in September of 1934. It was directed and produced by Leni Riefenstahl, an artist, dancer, and actor before becoming a director. The film is best understood when one takes into consideration Leni 's artistic background as well as the film 's historical context and intended audience. Otherwise, it would be difficult to understand how the film displays authenticity or may be difficult for one to wrap their modern minds around. This film was made at a point in history after Germany’s defeat in World War I and after the terms of the Treaty of Versailles was forced upon them, causing great humiliation to their once strong, proud nation. It was during a time of extreme inflation, unemployment, and complete economic collapse. The people had little hope and could not see their way out of their grim reality. With this background in mind, I will explain the argument the film advances, who it is trying to persuade, and what it is trying to persuade the audience to do. I will show evidence that the film uses techniques that are persuasive in getting the people to endorse and rally around the Nazi party in the 1930’s. Additionally, I will discuss and present evidence that Triumph of the Will lures and convinces the German people to put their trust in Hitler. Today we have the hindsight to understand the full impact of this documentary and that it did in fact persuade its
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