As counterpoint, is this any more or less propaganda than Schindler's List - or anything else - as most things push a line & this IS a party political film, what else would it do? We tend to view it in embarrassed isolation: if we must, it's superb technically. But is it much different in intent to any other such artefact, the like of which are now produced on an industrial scale, with less brazen clarity than here?
There's no denying what a technically impressive movie this is. One really is put in touch with what the Germans must have felt seeing Hitler abstracted by an outline of fire, or a swastika, soldiers, and the open sky juxtaposed through overlay. But it's still a repugnant movie in the way Hitler draws God, Germany, and himself together through his famous speeches. And the marching eventually becomes interminable.
I won't even apologize. As a cinematographic piece, the film is excellent. It doesn't just take cheesy phrases and patriotic music to make audiences feel a bit more emotional about propaganda cinema. Riefenstal found some great ways of moving the viewer. + interesting material to gain at least a small knowledge in ways Nazi government managed to inspire their people to devote themselves to even the cruelest actions.
Expecting some kind of propaganda masterpiece much this film was surprisingly dull, the film does however provide insight into the Nazi's political manipulation of the German population. Too often the the rise of the far right and the Nazi's in Germany is seen as a German phenomenon but the ultra-nationalist racist narrative they carried isn't limited to Germany. If it happened in Germany it can happen anywhere.