Triumph des Willens (1935)
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"Now I have just seen it again and am stunned that I praised it. It is one of the most historically important documentaries ever made, yes, but one of the best? It is a terrible film, paralyzingly dull, simpleminded, overlong and not even 'manipulative,' because it is too clumsy to manipulate anyone but a true believer. It is not a 'great movie' in the sense that the other films in this group are great, but it is 'great' in the reputation it has and the shadow it casts."
Wow, I'm stunned at how honest Roger Ebert was about reviewing this famous of a film. Personally I thought the film was decent and had some great visuals but was ultimately fairly uninteresting.
Impressive editing and camera work.
Impressive, the greatest political propaganda movie ever made.
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This movie ranks #8 in Tim Dirks' Most Controversial Films of All-Time
This movie ranks #13 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Non-Fiction Films (2012)
This movie ranks #37 in The 100 Most Significant German Films
This movie ranks #46 in Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #88 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #102 in 100 Documentary Films (BFI Screen Guide)
This movie ranks #110 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #120 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #325 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #357 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #457 in Anthology Film Archives' Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #526 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #541 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #733 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #929 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #955 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life