Triumph of the Will | Chicago Reader

Triumph of the Will

Leni Riefenstahl's 1936 propaganda paean to Adolf Hitler on the occasion of the sixth Nazi Party congress in Nuremberg is still a controversial film. Depending on whom you listen to, Riefenstahl's flashy editing and camera angles either redeem this essentially obscene film or they don't. I'm in the latter camp: to me it looks like Riefenstahl has found the perfect visual expression of fascism in her overcomposed, crudely massed images. What's more, Nazis or no, two hours of marching and speechifying is pretty damn dull; maybe this is what they mean by “the banality of evil.” In German with subtitles.

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