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The Original Unedited Edition Of Leni Riefenstahl’s Controversial 1935 Propaganda Masterpiece Glorifying Adolf Hitler And The 1934 Nazi Party Congress!
It has become fashionable in recent decades to be less critical of director Leni Riefenstahl for having made the film that more than other other glorified National Socialism in general and Adolf Hitler in particular. I am not one of them, and the merits of my argument are contained in the film itself. While it is one thing to present puffery to the public in an effort to aggrandize a product according to the principles of practical advertising, it is another to present this puffery despite the awful reality this advertising seeks to distract attention from. There can be no argument that the images in this film are stark, numinous and powerful; if they weren't, they would not have been used to fill the world's films and documentaries about the rise and fall of the Third Reich for generations since; what can be argued is whether or not the suffering and destruction that were the logical conclusion of the irrational hero worship and sanctification of sheer force this film depicts were justified on the basis that it was simply a film director's vision of what a proganda film about the events of the 1934 Nazi Party Congress should look like. If there is hope to be found in this continuing argument, it is in the expectation that the more this film is viewed and discussed in years to come, the more humanitarian princiiples and historical perspective will serve to discredit the basis upon which such films might be made in the future (Subtitled in English, Black & White, 1:40, All Regions DVD Format).
With Appearances By:
Adolf Hitler, Max Amann, Martin Bormann, Walter Buch, Walter Darré, Otto Dietrich, Sepp Dietrich, Hans Frank, Josef Goebbels, Hermann Göring, Jakob Grimminger, Rudolf Hess, Reinhard Heydrich, Konstantin Hierl, Heinrich Himmler, Robert Ley, Erich Raeder, Fritz Reinhardt, Alfred Rosenberg, Hjalmar Schacht, Franz Xaver Schwarz, Julius Streicher. Fritz Todt, Werner von Blomberg, Hans Georg von Friedeburg, Gerd von Rundstedt, Baldur von Schirach, Adolf Wagner. more
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