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.
Some of the editing is fantastic. The use of audio, also, is extremely well done.
That being said, I got really tired of watching parades about halfway through. I spent the first 20-30 minutes just marveling at the amount of resources that must have gone into flag and sculpture (not to mention pins, hats, shirts, patches, etc.) production in 30's Germany.Then I spent some time wondering how tired Hitler's arm must have gotten during that week, and whether he had done any special exercises or training to be able to salute more often and longer for the occasion.
After that, I struggled to get through the rest of the film.
It's an odd feeling seeing this monstrous person right in front of you.
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This movie ranks #9 in Tim Dirks's 100+ Most Controversial Films of All-Time
This movie ranks #13 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Non-Fiction Films
This movie ranks #37 in Kinemathekverbund's The 100 Most Important German Films
This movie ranks #46 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #46 in BBC's The 100 Greatest Films Directed by Women
This movie ranks #94 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #102 in BFI's 100 Documentary Films
This movie ranks #110 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
This movie ranks #120 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #326 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #357 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #462 in Anthology Film Archives's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #507 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #543 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #733 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #925 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #955 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life