Film Analysis of the documentary "Triumph of the Will" by Leni Riefenstahl

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All through the documentary it seemed as if the whole movie revolved around Hitler and the ever controversial NAZI army he brought to power during World War 1. It cast Hitler and the NAZI army in a very "different" light as portrayed by other documentary's such as "Into the Arms of Strangers" by Mark Jonathan Harris and even movies such as "Saving Private Ryan" by Steven Spielberg. Most movies and documentaries normally condemns Hitler and the NAZI but this documentary did otherwise.

The documentary was beautifully shot with very good camera angles together with a very nicely planned plot. Hitler was cast in the light of magnificence and his NAZI army as a friendly, loving, disciplined group of individuals. That leads us back to the director and the very purpose of the documentary. Leni Riefenstahl was a German whom was assigned to make the documentary of Hitler. Being a German herself makes her automatically a follower of Hitler and his teachings.

Knowing the details of Leni undoubtedly proves the whole documentary was a propaganda tool. A documentary that was unfairly filmed to strengthen Hitler socially and politically. Although most people consider Triumph of the Will to be a documentary I strongly believe that it isn't one. There are many ways to explain what a documentary really means but the most common of all would be "a depiction of reality". There are strong elements that this documentary was staged and the shots were all mostly just a propaganda tool. I cannot identify any solid truth in the whole documentary for the way it was shot and the scenes were all just over dramatized. Hitler was cast in a light of total magnificence and worshipped by the people more like a God. Even in the NAZI camps the trainees there seem unrealistic...