This documentary by filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl's is about the Nazi party's 1934 rally in Nuremberg, Germany. Told without narration, it documents all six days of activities from Adolf Hitler's arrival to his departure. It includes speeches by all of the major participants as well as the various activities of the thousands upon thousands who attended. In hindsight, it's a chilling film that shows the power of propaganda.Written by
Much of the film's symbolic nature--such as shots of flags, the inclusion of youths and the glorification of the military--was used in a similar manner in Starship Troopers (1997), which is also about a fascist government that creates propaganda videos to convince youths to join their cause. In fact, one could argue that "Starship Troopers is" essentially a fictionalized (and melodramatic) version of this film, but set in the future. See more »
The documentary of the Reich Party Congress, 1934 - Produced by order of the Führer.
On September 5, 1934, 20 years after the outbreak of the World War, 16 years after Germany's Suffering, 19 months after the beginning of the German Rebirth, Adolf Hitler again flew to Nuremberg to review the assembly of his faithful followers.
[for more than 20 minutes, there is only one discernible word:]
Heil! Heil! Heil!...
I open the sixth Party Congress in respectful memory of he who has passed on...
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Unsere Fahne Flattere für Uns (Our Banner Waves On Before Us) See more »
One for the film historians...
This film can only be judged or analyzed in any meaningful way only by those who can envision Germany and its people with the hindsight of the decade following its defeat in WWI and the ensuing economic chaos of the 1920s. For those of us who can objectively remove ourselves from our time and revisit the year in which it was filmed, 1934, and then compare it only with all other films made during that early part of the 20th Century can we locate the single word describing it astonishing.
We are called to objectivity when commenting on a book or film, a piece of art, or product. Only when that is accomplished does a comment have any enduring and meaningful value. Another thing I have found astonishing about this film and its creator is the seemingly unique inability of those commenting on it to be objective. It is seen in the overwhelming number of cases, not from the time in which it was made but with the hindsight of decades of history that had not yet taken place.
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