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Triumph of the Will (1935)

Triumph des Willens (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | 28 March 1935 (Germany)
The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.


Leni Riefenstahl
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Credited cast:
Adolf Hitler ... Self - Führer und Reichskanzler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Amann Max Amann ... Self - Views Parade of SA in Long Pants, No Banners
Martin Bormann ... Self - Sits on Hitler's Left, at HJ Rally, Enters Hall Behind Hess, Sits Behind Streicher
Walter Buch Walter Buch ... Self - Views Parade of SA in Long Pants, No Banners, Views SS Parade
Walter Darré Walter Darré ... Self - Health of Our Farmers Speech
Otto Dietrich Otto Dietrich ... Self - Truth About Germany Speech
Sepp Dietrich Sepp Dietrich ... Self - Commander of the SS-Leibstandarten
Hans Frank Hans Frank ... Self - Speech
Joseph Goebbels ... Self - Arrives by Plane with Hitler, Bright Flame Speech, at HJ Rally, Views RAD Parade, Listens to Hitler (as Josef Goebbels)
Jakob Grimminger Jakob Grimminger ... Blood Flag Bearer
Hermann Göring ... Self - Listens to Hess, Reviews Army, Parades in SA Uniform Then Joins Hitler, Listens to Hitler, Stands and Nods Agreement
Rudolf Hess ... Self - 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 ... Self - Views SS Parade with Other Officers by Hitler's Car
Konstantin Hierl Konstantin Hierl ... Self - National Labour Service Speech, Presents RAD to Hitler, Leads RAD Parade Then Joins Hitler
Heinrich Himmler ... Self - Walks to Flame with Hitler and Lutze, Leads SS at SA Rally, Leads SS Parade Then Joins Hitler, Sits Beside Lutze, Listens to Hitler


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 garykmcd

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The infamous propaganda film.


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After World War 2, the film was banned in Germany along with everything else related to Nazism. 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...
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compelling masterpiece
7 February 2006 | by Prof-Hieronymos-GrostSee all my reviews

A historical film capturing the1934 Nazi party rally in picturesque Nazi hotbed of Nuremberg, Filmed over a number of days it contains all the leading lights of National Socialism in pre-war Germany making speeches to the faithful. It also shows the various clips of the different organizations within National Socialism ie.The Hitler Youth in all their Arian glory excited and in gleeful expectation of seeing their Fuhrer,The goosestepping standard bearers of the S.A. and the S.S. paying homage to their glorious leader. Triumph of the Will captures the state of the German nation and the Nazi mindset perfectly ,and I felt a sense of foreboding with the bluntness of some of the speeches. The film is full of very striking German Expressionism Cinema techniques,never more so than in the night shots, full of torch bearing storm troopers and the Nazi faithful hailing their glorious leader..Goebbels vision was put brilliantly to film by Riefenstahl who had over thirty cameras to film every incident of the event.This is truly a masterclass in Propaganda but it is also one in Cinema,Triumph of the Will truly is a triumph of Cinema and despite its content should be seen as one. Riefenstahl for her part was imprisoned for four years after the war and never was able to reinvent her career as a top Director,a real and tragic loss to Cinema

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Release Date:

28 March 1935 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany See more »


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DEM280,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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