Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Triumph of the Will

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Triumph of the Will

I know that a blog for this class usually consists of reading material but i think that Triumph of the Will is the best example of Propaganda that we have seen in this class. I have seen this movie once before in a Mass Media class and am very familiar with it. This is a great example of Propaganda because of the camera angles, organization and overall production of a film based on 1934 Germany. First and foremost, how the camera angles pan from bottom to top on such shots as the German eagle and various other statues is brilliant in that it makes the German empire look larger than life. Also, the shots from up top of the mass crowds of laborers and Hitler Youth organized in perfect order without one person out of place gives the impression that this was a society that was fully united and also might strike fear in the heart of other nations after they see that these massive numbers of people are all ready to do whatever will benefit Germany. the perfectly on key singing of the service laborers, unified answers and overall feeling of German pride and Nationalism that this film brings out is a great example of Propaganda in favor of the Nazis and promoting them as the superior race. This early work of Leni Riefenstahl is way ahead of its time and a great example of how Propaganda is spread to the masses and how it works.


Blogger bdenoyer said...

i agree totally with you this movie was the best example of propaganda we have seen my favorite shot was the opening scene when they are flying above in the clouds and the plane looks like the eagle. The camera angles make this film though always shooting up at hitler to make him god like and superior this movie overall was a great piece of work just with a message that we know was to be wrong but that is because they lost the war

3/15/2007 1:09 PM  
Blogger A. Mattson said...

Students of film-making and propaganda have studied this film because it uses techniques that are still powerful today. From camera angles to the use of montage it is a primer of filmic propaganda.

4/09/2007 11:53 PM  
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