1935: Triumph of the Will – The Power of Propaganda

Thankfully, this film show how hideous lies about Germany were used to convince Americans and Brits that Germans were pure evil, so they’d be willing to kill them. Had WWI not happened, there wouldn’t have been a WWII.

The filmmaker lost his balance in the second half though, when he didn’t show the propaganda used in America and England to cause them to hate Germans enough to be willing to kill them.

WWII is complicated.

What’s horrible to me is how the filmmaker then says how horrible it is for people to question the event that no one is allowed to question, which is also complicated, because sending people groups to camps is an atrocity, but how they died is a fabrication as is how many died. And the fact that it’s illegal to question the facts of the event in 20 countries should tell people that something is wrong with this story, if it’s illegal to even discuss the known facts of the event.

I despise propaganda, because it’s designed to persuade people to emotionally not research what is really true, to not question. “Just believe us.”

And propaganda is used to persuade people to ignore the Holy Spirit, to ignore conscience and blindly follow people who too often lead them into a pit — like the pit we’re now in in America.

1935: Triumph of the Will – The Power of Propaganda

One Hundred Years of Cinema

Triumph of the Will is regarded as one of the most powerful propaganda pieces ever made, but how did the film advance the racist and anti-Semitic ideology of the Nazi party? What is the history of cinema as a tool of propaganda?

Triumph of the Will is one of the most famous propaganda movies ever made. The films is a semi-documentary take on sixth annual National Socialist conference in Nuremberg in 1934, by director Leni Riefenstahl. It covers 4 days worth of speeches, parades and city wide celebration. It’s edited together out of hundreds of hours of footage, and it unveils the core message of the conference without commentary or inter title.

Although it’s often praised as revolutionising the art of film propaganda, it actually adds very few techniques of its own, instead drawing on the decades of development in propaganda that came before. So lets take a look at the history of the propaganda film and how theses techniques were used by Riefenstahl to advance the Nazi Ideology.

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