Triumph of the Will: A memorial in film

Maddock, Daniel ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2746-9098 (2021) Triumph of the Will: A memorial in film. Historical Encounters, 8 (1). pp. 41-54.

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Abstract

Despite Hitler’s efforts to transform Berlin into Germania, the capital of the new world he envisioned and which would bear comparison with Ancient Egypt, Babylon, and Rome, there is little in the way of monumental architecture to bear witness to that ambition. Though there is only limited public evidence of Hitler’s architectural hubris present either in stone or steel, the same cannot be said of film. Leni Riefenstahl’s masterpiece Triumph of the Will (1935) (German: Triumph des Willens) is the most famous propaganda film of all time and a staple of university film schools and secondary schools globally. At the time of its creation, celluloid motion picture film was a relatively new technology and the documentary format a nascent art form. Nevertheless, it was lauded almost immediately as a visually stunning imagining of the new regime and its leader. Though the film maker was subsequently reviled, as an art work the film has retained an almost miasmic aura that justifies continued re-assessment of its standing as a monument to the Nazi regime and the horror perpetrated in its name.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Academic Transformation Portfolio (14 Apr 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Academic Transformation Portfolio (14 Apr 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2022 01:41
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2022 03:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: Authenticity; Documentary film; German history; Realism; Leni Riefenstahl; Nazi Germany; Propaganda
Fields of Research (2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210307 European History (excl. British, Classical Greek and Roman)
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190201 Cinema Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210304 Biography
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430303 Biography
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3605 Screen and digital media > 360501 Cinema studies
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430308 European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman)
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.52289/hej8.304
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/44050

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