Another thing that struck me was the demeanor of Hitler. In the first film, he does not appear as powerful as he does in the second one. This lead me to conclude that the camera techniques evolved in this short span of time between the films. Both films have the same goal, to persuade the German people to support the Nazi Party, which promises to be their savior. I feel that Triumph of the Will presents a stronger argument and in part, this could be due to the advanced camerawork and editing.
It was produced and created by Leni Riefenstahl, who was commissioned to do it by the Nazi Party. The aim of the documentary is to display Adolf Hitler as the savior of Germany and show the way Germans loved him and to encourage more people to support him. Riefenstahl successfully achieved her aim by focusing on key words from speeches given by Hitler and his party, and through her use of music and camera angles. First and foremost, Riefenstahl showed carefully chosen sections from various speeches given by the party and Hitler. The documentary tries to affect people's thinking into believing that Hitler and the Nazi Party were the right choice for Germany.
Anti-Semitism was, and still is, the term used to describe the belief in hostile treatment towards Jews just because they are Jews. This term was introduced by Wilhelm Marr to designate anti-Jewish campaigns back in 1879, and it resurfaced when Hitler took over Germany. Adolf Hitler believed, as stated in his book “Mein Kampf”, that Jews were undermining civilized nations of Europe, therefor they had to be dealt with. The problem during this time, concerning anti-Semitism propaganda, is that they were able to manipulate people to an extent where they came to think that treating Jews in hateful ways was acceptable and, to a certain extent, an obligation that as proud Germans they had to carry out. Moreover, we will discuss how propaganda was meant to affect a subconscious level of peoples minds through subtle messages all the way to direct and concrete messages which would no longer affect them because they were already brutalized and dead to any moral
He created an entire branch of government for the sole purpose of Propaganda called the “Reich Ministry of public enlightenment and propaganda” headed by Joseph Goebbels, he was a trusted adviser to Hitler which trained especially Nazi members to speak to the public using specific kind of tone and diction. They created fliers and posters for the multiple campaigns, especially in World War II. The Nazi also used it to propagate anti-Semitism, as through propaganda he spread the idea of races that were not deemed to be genetically capable of being productive members of society, stating the blue eyes and blond hair are the ones that are meant to be in this world and everyone else were not “hereditarily fit”. Through this Propaganda campaign Hitler also heavily influenced the anti-Jew “movement”, depicting them as greedy and selfish creatures that will lead to the downfall of human civilization. He portrayed them with the same characteristic in posters, TV, Radio announcement and any kind of platforms he could find.
Eventually, the growth in Nazi power is apparent, symbolized by the Swastika symbol which is seen in the various mise-en-scènes. Nazi propaganda is deliberately positioned in the background of wide and mid shots of characters to emphasise the growing power of the Nazis.At the end of the film, the camera is directed towards the distorted mirror initially shown
3. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927) Metropolis is an important example of German Expressionism and of early science fiction. A great inquiry on future of humanity, a critique of society, a prominent dystopian film. Fritz Lang’s remarkable work has dazzlingly designed sets, costumes and unpredictable characters. Beneath its magnificent artwork and set design, the film tells the eternal conflict between oppressed and oppressor.
The film chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg, which was attended by more than 700,000 Nazi supporters and according to Sontag was designed for the convenience of the cameras where reality has been reconstructed to fit the fascist message (Sontag, 1975). The beauty and symmetry of the marching torch parade and the precision of the organized event provide a psychological spectacle that Ellul states are essential to the success of propaganda. Ellul (1957) states that “propaganda employs psychological methods of influencing; attempts to predetermine a decision” (p. 66). The use of visuals and symbolism of the torches, swastikas, and uniforms creates emotion for the observer and removes the normalcy of everyday object identification to subjective interpretation, a desire to participate in the beauty of the spectacle. Triumph of the Will, use of mystic symbols, torches, pageantry, and uniforms creates the fascist aesthetic as perfection in the propagandist art (PowerPoint, week
Thus, as the straight people are considered the majority in society, the director is actually showing to the audience that gay people are hiding from the straight world, and the reason why gay people gather together is because they might not find the sense of belonging in all those “straight” places as they couldn’t really show who they are. Besides, the audience could find out that none of the character actually got someone whom they can be fully falling in love with. Stuart never has a “relationship”, and he is simply an egregious flirt, but definitely not an expert of relationship. Vince is secretly crushing on Stuart, but Stuart seems to have no interest of him. Nathan crazily falls in love with Stuart, but Stuart treats him like a sex toy indeed.
Response Paper 2 In the article “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” Laura Mulvey argues that the pleasure produced by narrative cinema reproduces an unconscious patriarchal structure of sexual divisions. It does so by appealing to our pleasure in looking – scopophilia (Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”, p. 16) and to narcissistic primordial impulse to see our lives reflected in idealized ways that are in fact diliated, but important. She talks about emotions and how they work on us, how representation produces emotions that trigger unconscious responses. Historically we respond and behave in ways that are not rational, that are not even understandable to us – it is a relatively new idea, however, extremely important and a powerful
The performances are used “as a means of creating a new social sphere that critiques and revises dominant institutional practices” (Bailey 184). The men take control of their own life by taking on the role of dressing like a woman or looking like the rich. The ball events allow the men to dress up without restrictions and participate in certain categories and win an unlimited number of trophies based on their execution. The ball event allows the men to achieve their dream of being whatever they want to be. For instance, there is a category named “butch queen first time in drag.” This category is for those who have never been to a ball and are a masculine looking drag queen, but arrive looking like a butch (Urban Dictionary).