Triumph of the Will:  Sequence Outline  (Hinton, pp. 35-36)


1.  Hitler's arrival


2.  Hitler's "Serenade"


3.  Nuremberg awakening


4.  Folk Parade


5.  Opening of the Party Congress


6.  Labor Corps/flag ceremony honoring WWI dead


7.  Speech to the SS


8.  Hitler Youth


9.  Army review


10.  Evening rally


11.  Last parade


12.  Closing



If you are interested in more information about the film, I recommend David Hinton's The Films of Leni Riefenstahl (especially pp. 27-60) and Renata Pan-Berg's Leni Riefenstahl (pp. 97-134).


Discussion questions:


--what in Riefenstahl’s background prepared her to make this film?


--is the staging of the event for the film problematic?


--“themes” that run throughout the film?


--arguments the film forwards?


--ethical considerations the film raises?


--why (as Barnouw suggests) have other films incorporated parts of Triumph?


Nichols/readings questions:


--why is the indexical nature of the film image important to the arguments a film might make?


--How does Triumph of the Will indicate both the “poetic” as well as the rhetorical tendencies Nichols discusses in 20s and 30s film documents?


--What is the “voice” of this film?  How does it compare to the quality of “voice” in Land Without Bread?  Grierson films?  The River?  The City?