Triumph of the Will #MovieReview

Film 168 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1934’s “Triumph of the Will”. Or as it was known in Germany, “Triumph des Willens”. This Leni Riefenstahl war documentary is about the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg, which was attended by more than 700,000 Nazi supporters. I really didn’t want to watch this film but I guess I don’t have much of a choice after finding out it made the list. And quite frankly, not a lot really happens. Unless your the type of person who really wants to listen to speeches for 100 minutes then this film is for you. This film really dragged right from the start. Apart from watching speeches, the only other thing you really watch is people walking around shouting “hail” every few seconds. Which after a while gave me a massive headache. I can only assume that with 700,000 people saying that, Hitler must’ve had a massive headache before giving his speeches. Overall, this is a documentary I don’t really recommend unless you really like listening to speeches. Especially in German! In 1964, Leni Riefenstahl had this to say about the film, “It reflects the truth that was then in 1934, history. It is therefore a documentary.” Fun Fact of the Film – A British propaganda film later set footage of Hitler and troops from this film to the song “The Lambeth Walk”. If you have seen this film, then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1934’s “Triumph of the Will”

Film – Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens)
Year – 1934
Director – Leni Riefenstahl
Written by – Leni Riefenstahl, Walter Ruttmann
Staring – Adolf Hitler, Hermann Goring, Max Amann
IMDb Rating – 7.4/10
My Rating – 5/10
Length – 140 min  (1h 40min)
Genre – Documentary, War
20 years have past since WWI started
“16 years after the beginning of Germany’s suffering”
Lots of clouds
Welcome to Nuremburg
Adolf Hitler has arrived to give a speech
Hello everyone
Just watching Hitler and Co. drive through Nuremberg
I think he just turned down flowers from a baby
Nothing is really happening
“We want to see our Fuhrer”
Hello again. Now bugger off! I need some sleep
I can’t see a thing
How to wake people up in the middle of the night – Have an orchestra play outside someones bedroom window
Insert random shots of Nuremberg because the cameraman woke up early and got bored waiting for everyone else
Wait… Everyone camped out just for this
Meanwhile… A bare-knuckle boxing match is taking place while we wait for Hitler’s arrival
Now it’s time for the human chariot race
Some people with rakes arrive along with some other people
Hitler finally arrives to meet his troops before driving off
Time for a speech from someone
Reich President von Hindenburg has just died
“You are Germany”
He says that the entire world will be speaking German soon
Someone called Wagner gives a speech
Now for Rosenberg to talk
There’s not a lot to say about what’s happening – Just sit back and watch
Dietrich speaks
Someone else talks – I didn’t catch his name
Rienhard speaks
Someone else talks – I didn’t catch his name due to a Facebook notification
Streicher talks
Ley talks
Frank talks about the National Social Law Code
Goebbels talks
I’m bored
Hierl talks
How many people are giving speeches? Got to have been 10 now
Thankfully, Hierl was the last one
Time for Hitler to give a speech in front 52,000 Labour Service men
But first, everyone lists where from Germany they have come from
This speech goes on for a while
Is this the German National Anthem?
Time for Hitler to speak
Everyone light your flares tonight
The next day and Hitler addresses everyone in Nuremberg
But first, someone else talks on his behalf
Hitler speaks and everyone says “Hail” after everything he says
This film really is dragging
Still have 50 minutes left to watch
Better start watching this at 1.5x speed
Hitler gives another speech later that day at night
700,000 arrive in Nuremberg for more speeches
These speeches take up the rest of the film

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