"Triumph of Will": The Art of Propaganda Film Review by Master Researcher

"Triumph of Will": The Art of Propaganda
An analysis of the film "Triumph of Will" as propaganda.
# 37932 | 1,602 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 12, 2003 in Film (Documentary) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Sociology (General)


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This paper discusses Leni Riefenstahl's (1935) German film, "Triumph des Willens" as nothing more than a Nazi propaganda film. The paper discusses the film as undeniably a highly subjective representation of Adolph Hitler's "apparent" triumph as the one man who embodies and personifies the promise of Germany's future, but also explores its location within the existing relations of production, particularly in the contexts of relations of art and politics. The paper shows how "Triumph des Willens" is an artifact which can provide useful analytical contexts for understanding the complex relations of politics, art, and cultural conflicts, and how the production is both constrained and innovated within its own historical relations.

Outline:
Introduction: Reading Within Propaganda
Intimate Relations
Art and Technology
Inadvertent Subversion
Production Within Relations of Production

From the Paper:

"At the same time that Walter Benjamin's essay on "The Author as Producer" (1934) was published, Moscow had issued a rallying cry for all the anti-Fascist movements to form Popular Fronts against Fascism. Within the same year, Hitler had commissioned a propaganda film specifically constructed to re-present the National Socialist Party to German audiences in a way which implied that Hitler would lead Germany into a prosperous and harmonized future.
"In light of Benjamin's advice about reading cultural production in the contexts of its own production, as embedded within the historically existing relations of production, it is not precisely accurate to identify Leni Riefenstahl's (1935) German film, "Triumph des Willens" as a nothing more than a Nazi propaganda film. While the film is undeniably a highly subjective representation of Adolph Hitler's "apparent" triumph as the one man who embodies and personifies the promise of Germany's future, there is something more to be learned from reading this film in the contexts of its location within the existing relations of production, particularly in the contexts of relations of art and politics."

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"Triumph of Will": The Art of Propaganda (2003, November 12) Retrieved November 27, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/film-review/triumph-of-will-the-art-of-propaganda-37932/

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""Triumph of Will": The Art of Propaganda" 12 November 2003. Web. 27 November. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/film-review/triumph-of-will-the-art-of-propaganda-37932/>

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