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By Sunil Kumar

Sieg Heil, Führer! The original Aryans, the people of India, and one of its citizens admire this documentary about the founding of the Third Reich, and its thousand year supposed existence, which lasted for twelve years exactly.

A propoganda film made by Leni Reifenstahl, the movie chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg, attended by more than 700,000 supporters. The movie uses techniques such as moving cameras, the use of long focus lenses to create a distorted perspective, aerial photography, and an interestingly different approach to the use of music and cinematography.

In the second decade of the twenty-first century, creative expression has an outlet in millions of blogs, numerous websites, and even in the use of spam. Seventy years earlier, limited but total control of media could produce monstrous single-minded dedication to a purpose. The fim-maker Riefenstahl shot Triumph with a large budget, extensive preparations, and vital help from high-ranking Nazis like Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propoganda.

The movie has scenic shots of old Germany, but is slow-moving and jaded at times, and a lot of Nazis going on about their lives. Many of us know that most of us have time only for ourselves, and for those who have experience with such people, then the infinity of their verbosity is an ode to their monstrosity. There are long tracking shots, but I like the sequence of the rally, and the great order.

Jodhaa Akbar‘ also had a wonderful eclectic vision of Mughal and Rajasthani forts, and ‘Elizabeth’ was interesting for its period potrayal of 16th and 17th century England. All in all, this movie was an interesting look into one of the most enigmatic and traumatic world events of yesteryear that had partially led to massive change.

 

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The architects of the purge: Hitler, Göring, Goebbels, and Hess. Only Himmler and Heydrich are missing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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