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28 March 1935 (Germany) See more »
The infamous propaganda film.
The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself - Lauded by Hess, Physical Labour Speech to RAD, Behind Us Comes Germany Speech to HJ, We Created Our State Speech, Black Shadow Speech to SA, Reviews Parade, Two Principles Speech to Party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Amann ... Himself - Views Parade of SA in Long Pants, No Banners
Martin Bormann ... Himself - Sits on Hitler's Left, at HJ Rally, Enters Hall Behind Hess, Sits Behind Streicher
Walter Buch ... Himself - Views Parade of SA in Long Pants, No Banners, Views SS Parade
Walter Darré ... Himself - Health of Our Farmers Speech
Otto Dietrich ... Himself - Truth About Germany Speech
Sepp Dietrich ... Himself - Commander of the SS-Leibstandarten
Hans Frank ... Himself - Speech
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself - Arrives by Plane with Hitler, Bright Flame Speech, at HJ Rally, Views RAD Parade, Listens to Hitler (as Josef Goebbels)
Jakob Grimminger ... Blood Flag Bearer
Hermann Göring ... Himself - Listens to Hess, Reviews Army, Parades in SA Uniform Then Joins Hitler, Listens to Hitler, Stands and Nods Agreement
Rudolf Hess ... Himself - Opens Congress, You Are Germany Speech, at HJ Rally, Reviews Parade, Sits on Hitler's Right, Introduces Hitler, Listens to Hitler, Hitler Is Germany Speech
Reinhard Heydrich ... Himself - Views SS Parade with Other Officers by Hitler's Car
Konstantin Hierl ... Himself - National Labour Service Speech, Presents RAD to Hitler, Leads RAD Parade Then Joins Hitler
Heinrich Himmler ... Himself - Walks to Flame with Hitler and Lutze, Leads SS at SA Rally, Leads SS Parade Then Joins Hitler, Sits Beside Lutze, Listens to Hitler
Franz Hofer ... Himself, NSDAP-Gauleiter
Robert Ley ... Himself - Reviews DAF with Hitler, Single Thought Speech, Salutes SA Parade, Listens to Hitler with Schwarz
Viktor Lutze ... Himself - Speech as New SA Leader, Walks to Flame with Hitler, Faithful to Führer Speech, Leads SA Parade Then Joins Hitler, Sits Between Himmler and Hess, Listens to Hitler
Ludwig Müller ... Himself
Erich Raeder ... Himself - Listens to Hess, Salutes SA Parade When Göring Sighted
Fritz Reinhardt ... Himself - Improvements Speech
Alfred Rosenberg ... Himself - Unshakeable Belief Speech
Hjalmar Schacht ... Himself
Franz Xaver Schwarz ... Himself - Sits Between Wagner and Himmler, Listens to Hitler with Ley
Julius Streicher ... Himself - Stands with Hitler, Purity of Race Speech, Sits on Hitler's Left Near Podium, Nods in Agreement with Hitler
Fritz Todt ... Himself - Autobahn Speech
Werner von Blomberg ... Himself - Reviews Army Units with Hitler and Göring
Hans Georg von Friedeburg ... Himself - Salutes SA Parade when Göring Sighted
Gerd von Rundstedt ... Himself - Behind Raeder as He Salutes, Views Army Parade with Officers (unconfirmed)
Baldur von Schirach ... Himself - in Car, Arrives at Stadium with Hitler, Selfless Youth Speech to HJ, Views SS Parade, Listens to Hitler
Adolf Wagner ... Himself - Reads Hitler's Proclamation, Views Parade of SA in Short Pants, Sits Beside Schwarz, Listens to Hitler

Directed by
Leni Riefenstahl 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leni Riefenstahl 
Walter Ruttmann 
Eberhard Taubert 

Produced by
Leni Riefenstahl .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Windt 
Cinematography by
Sepp Allgeier (photographic director and camera operator)
Karl Attenberger 
Werner Bohne 
Walter Frentz 
Hans Gottschalk 
Werner Hundhausen 
Herbert Kebelmann 
Albert Kling 
Franz Koch 
Herbert Kutschbach 
Paul Lieberenz 
Vlada Majic 
Richard Nickel 
Walter Riml 
Arthur Schwertfeger 
Károly Vass 
Franz Weihmayr 
Siegfried Weimann 
Karl Wellert 
Willy Zielke 
Film Editing by
Leni Riefenstahl (uncredited)
Production Management
Walter Groskopf .... production leader
Artur Kiekebusch-Brenken .... unit manager (as Arthur Kiekebusch)
Walter Prager .... production manager
Walter Traut .... production manager
Sound Department
H. Bullerjahn .... assistant sound
H. Degner .... assistant sound
K. Drews .... assistant sound
E. Eisenbach .... assistant sound
Bruno Hartwich .... sound editor
H. Honicka .... assistant sound
Erwin Kropf .... assistant sound
C. Kühns .... assistant sound
H. Loos .... assistant sound
Alice Ludwig .... sound editor
J. Richter .... assistant sound
Walter Roßkopf .... assistant sound
Siegfried Schulz .... sound (as Siegfried Schulze)
Ernst Schütz .... sound
Special Effects by
Ernst Kunstmann .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
August Beis .... assistant camera
Fritz Brunsch .... special photography
Richard Böhm .... assistant camera
Hans Bühring .... assistant camera
Bernhard Delschaft .... lighting design
Erich Grohmann .... assistant camera
Peter Hailer .... assistant camera
Peter Haller .... assistant camera
Wolf Hart .... assistant camera
Otto Jäger .... assistant camera
Richard Kandler .... assistant camera
Sepp Ketterer .... assistant camera
Josef Koch .... assistant camera
Ernst Kunstmann .... special photography
Erich Küchler .... assistant camera
Rolf Lantin .... still photographer
Heinz Linke .... assistant camera
Wolfgang Müller .... assistant camera
Hans Noack .... special photography
Bernhard Eugen Oskar .... assistant camera
Wilhelm Schmidt .... assistant camera
Kurt Schulz .... assistant camera
Erich Stoll .... assistant camera
Hans Wittmann .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
John Müller .... conductor
Other crew
Wolfgang Bruning .... production assistant
Rolf Hanasch .... pilot: airship
Adolf Hitler .... commissioned by (as Der Führer)
Guzzi Lantschner .... production assistant
Otto Lantschner .... production assistant
Erna Peters .... production assistant
Walter Prager .... production assistant
Anton Riediger .... aircraft pilot

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Triumph des Willens" - Germany (original title)
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114 min | USA:110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Did You Know?

Leni Riefenstahl had been given carte blanche by Adolf Hitler in the making of the film: effectively, the party rally was the first produced-for-camera event. However, at the beginning the word hadn't gotten through to officials at the airport and in the parade. Riefenstahl's cameramen were pushed away from the plane carrying Hitler, which is why we see only one out-of-focus shot of him descending from the plane and why the taxiing of the aircraft is repeated and out of sequence. During the parade a shot of the camera car passing the limo carrying Hitler reveals a dirty look from one of the passengers. Riefenstahl spoke to Hitler at the hotel about the way she'd been snubbed and from then on she and her crew had no problems.See more »
[first lines]
subtitle:The documentary of the Reich Party Congress, 1934 - Produced by order of the Führer.
Opening crawl: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.
crowd:[for more than 20 minutes, there is only one discernible word:] Heil! Heil! Heil!...
Rudolf Hess:I open the sixth Party Congress in respectful memory of he who has passed on to eternity, Field Marshal and Reich President von Hindenburg...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "The Office: Local Ad (#4.5)" (2007)See more »
Wir Sind Arbeit-Soldaten (We Are Work-Soldiers)See more »


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113 out of 136 people found the following review useful.
An oxymoron of a film: A masterpiece about Nazis, 17 April 2000
Author: sychonic

This movie has driven cinephiles and artsy folks crazy for years. Taken objectively, the film is a masterpiece of images, technically flawless, and really quite a stunning achievement. The real problem is that it's a masterpiece about the master race -- it glorifies Nazis. In fact it unquestionably rises above simple "propaganda" and succeeds in being a film about ideas and society. That's the next problem, the ideas and society it idealizes and promotes are quite compelling. There's no death here, no gashouses, no corpses, no pure evil, nothing like that. And it's also not just inane images of noble people doing noble things, etc., like run of the mill propaganda produced by every political party.

Ultimately, this is not a film to be seen in a vacuum; were this the only thing a person knew about Nazis, one would get a very, very incomplete view. But strangely, it provides insights as well, once one knows about the evil that the Nazis did--the movie shows the attraction, the compelling nature of some ideas. And that evil, no matter how clear and vicious in nature, is still attached to a human being, and hence is ultimately enormously complex.

This is a great film that any serious film student or lover should see. If only to understand how funny it is to see the artistes of the world trying to describe it without saying anything nice about Nazis. Evil is never pure, that's what makes it so compelling and this film helps to explain that.

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