Monday, August 15, 2016

Triumph of the Will

Leni Riefenstahl's party commissioned film of the 1934 Nazi rally in Nuremberg has been called the most influential propaganda piece in history and shares a heritage with D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation, of an undeniably authoritative film advocating a loathsome agenda. Its technical qualities are consummate with a barely ceasing camera capturing, in minutely staged shots, Hitler, top party members, and hundreds of thousands of minions in all the pomp and circumstance and frightening fervor.
*** 1/2 out of ****