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I saw this movie and felt the power of the German Armed Forces. It is something to think that in just 4 years, they were at war.
Firstly let's put all politics aside and then we will see a splendid image of military technique from that particular epoch. This movie is of a great interest for people interested in militaria, re-constructors and such. No other documentary allows us to see how certain equipment is used in most proper way, how it works, how it is operated and so on. Just take a look on rapid deployment of PaK guns, AT crews fighting off tanks, Flak batteries in air defense role, such pictures have great learning potential. Scholars of military can learn very much about German strategies and military doctrine especially through well perpetrated maneuvers shown in this movie. Truly essential documentary for anyone interested in topic.
This is nothing but a prowess of the powerful German army right after
the NSDAP seized power. It has quite a misleading title as there is not
a image of freedom in sight, maybe that was directed at the
Reichsparteitag day? Anyway, you get to see soldiers marching, cannons
firing and cavalry galloping through "lakes". All made to look quite
menacing and threatening, successfully so. There are machine-gunners
who jump off quick driving cars (dont know how much this is sped up..)
and setting up their machine guns in no time that was very impressive.
Also there is some pictures of Nazi flags and the Führer with his
associates, serving to glorify the party. All in all its very
impersonal, we see a machinery at the party's disposal, nothing about
Oh, and those airplanes flying in sun-cross formation was very impressive, real or not.
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This is a movie that is 80 years old already. To put it in perspective,
this was done 2 years after Hitler's rise to power, 1 year before the
Olympics in Berlin and 4 years before World War II. It is a
black-and-white movie that runs for slightly under half an hour and,
for the most part, shows us the German armed forces in (fake) combat
action and during parades. Of course, during these parades all the
high-rank Nazi politicians are there as well, not just Hitler himself.
It is not a particularly interesting movie to watch, really only significant to see how things were back then from a documentary perspective. Quality is fairly low, even for the 1930s. The film's director is centenarian Leni Riefenstahl, who did some more Nazi propaganda movies, such as the infamous "Triumph of the Will". There is quite some irony between the music and the scenes depicted. Especially the whistling parts make it seem fairly ridiculous at times. All in all, only worth a watch for those with a deep interest in German history of the 20th century.
Day of Freedom (1935)
*** (out of 4)
Short film from Leni Riefenstahl who's best known for being Hitler's ho and making Triumph of the Will. This film was shot during the 1935 NSDAP and shows German soldiers having fun, which I guess was meant to make other German's want to join the Army. While I didn't care for her "masterpiece" Triumph I did respect Leni's directorial touch, which is also on full display here. The 30-minute film has no narration but just various images of German soldiers doing there thing. The images are quite striking and some downright brilliant, which is the main reason to watch this.
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