The legendary propaganda films of the 1934 Third Reich’s Nuremberg Party Rally and the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany.
Triumph of the Will
“Triumph of the Will” also known as “triumph des Willens”, is the legendary propaganda documentary of the Third Reich’s 1934 Nuremberg Party Rally. Commissioned by Hitler in1934 and directed by Leni Riefenstahl, this documentary covers the events of the Sixth Nuremberg Party Congress. The original intention was to document the early days of the NSDAP, so future generations could look back and see how the Third Reich began. In reality, “Triumph of the Will” shows historians how the Nazi state drew in the masses through propaganda and also how Adolf Hitler had a unique and terrifying ability to entice crowds to his beliefs by the very power of his words.
Featuring a cast of thousands, including Adolf Hitler, Himmler Goebbels, Hess, Goering and other top party officials, this film perhaps more than any other demonstrates the frightening reality that was the Nazi Party and the dangers that the future held for the rest of Europe.
FESTIVAL OF THE NATIONS - Riefenstahl shot a documentary that celebrates the human body by combining the poetry of bodies in motion with close-ups of athletes in the heat of competition. Includes Jesse Owen’s sprint races at the 1936 Olympic Games and Adolf Hitler looking on in amazement as Owens wins an unprecedented four Gold Medals.
FESTIVAL OF BEAUTY - Riefenstahl captures the grace of the athletes during field hockey, soccer, bicycling, equestrian, aquatics and gymnastic events. Highlights are the Pentathlon and the Decathlon, which was won by American Glenn Morris; it ends with the triumphant conclusion of the games.
Deleted scene: “Olympia Oath”
Essay by film historian, David Calvert Smith
German with on/off English subtitles
Short film JUGEND DER WELT (“Youth of the World”)
Official documentary of the 1936 Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen
DIE KAMERA FAHRT MIT (“The Camera Goes Along”) 1936 documentary by Bavria-Filmkunst