Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Triumph des Willens!

This is the film about Hitler, made in 1934 and directed by Leni Riefenstahl. Not going to lie, I've not watched it all, its like 1 hour 30 minuets. I watched the start and a tiny bit in the middle and the end (where Hitler makes a speech about the 'Night of the Long Knives').

In terms of editing, its pretty good, the first like 12-15 minuets its just Hitler in a car driving to his destination with people saluting him. This would seem quite boring, but Riefenstahl cuts to the crowd and to different camera angles so we don't get bored of watching him. If it was just one full shot of the car driving through the streets it would be pretty dull, so giving the audience different viewpoints and visuals, it makes it more entertaining.

During Hitlers final speech (in the film, not EVER) Riefenstahl cuts from video of Hitler speaking to a crowd of SS Troops, to footage of the SS troops listening to him and cheering. so its like the rear window thing i put on a few weeks ago: hitler speaks, the crowds reaction.

I hadn't heard of this film before, i liked what i saw purely because i find it interesting, seeing such an infamous man speaking for 1 hour is so surreal and fascinating.

This film, Germany Calling by Charles Ridley (think thats how you spell his name) is a mock of the 'Triumph of the Will', it takes the footage and makes hitler and his troops look like idiots rather than god like.

What i like about it is the rhythm of the troops marching, He reverses the film so there going back and forth, but it also goes well with the sound thats placed onto the footage. Pretty sure someone's made beats out of footage to make music, just cant think right now.
Also its weird to think the same film that made Hitler look really cool/ god like, can also be manipulated to make him look like a complete fool.

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