“Triumph of the Will”, 1934

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“Triumph of the Will” (Triumph des Willens), Leni Riefenstahl, 1934.

Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will documents the 1934 NSDAP congress in Nuremberg. Riefenstahl, an extremely talented German director, accompanied Hitler with her camera, recording 400 km of tape. This went into the making of a film marked by extraordinary expression, which – though this strikes us as incomprehensible today – received prizes at international film festivals in Venice and Paris (1935 and 1937 respectively).

Although the director herself considered Triumph of the Will nothing more than a document, blaming her fascination with the chancellor of the Third Reich on political naivety, the film was without doubt a piece of fascist propaganda and ideology. It remains a shocking record of the outbreak of the National-Socialist hysteria.

The movie will be with English subtitles and Polish voice-over.

Three films will be shown as part of the “Film – Ideologies – Nazism” cycle. Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda “Triumph of the Will”, filmed during the 1934 NSDAP congress in Nuremberg, documents the beginnings of the mass fascination with Nazism. “The White Ribbon” (Michael Haneke, 2009) is an attempt to dig down to the deepest roots of evil, where it is still dormant and therefore unpredictable. Set in modern-day America, “The Believer” (Henry Bean, 2001) shows a no less radical and dangerous way of thinking.

Triumph of the Will – free admission. Admission to other films in the cycle – 5 PLN.

“Film – Ideologies – Nazism”:

03.10.2013, 7.00 PM – “Triumph of the Will” (Triumph des Willens), Leni Riefenstahl, 1934 (English subtitles)

09.10.2013, 7.00 PM“The White Ribbon” (Das Weisse Band), Michael Haneke, 2009

16.10.2013, 7.00 PM“The Believer”, Henry Bean, 2001