Riefenstahl's Influence On Germany

analytical Essay
903 words
903 words

Riefenstahl’s role as a director working for the Nazi regime, allowed the Nazi Party and ideology to have influence over the German people, having their attitudes and beliefs shaped to support the Nazi party. ‘Triumph of the Will’ is an example of this, a film that contains powerful images that are greatly effective which visually glorifies the Nazi Party. An example of these powerful images includes where Hitler is portrayed as a god, descending from the clouds, emphasising his power and significance [5]. Continuously, the filming techniques and editing by Riefenstahl portray the party as a power that can create a Germany that is strong, unified, a Germany the people desire, hence their support for the Party. The result of Riefenstahl’s ‘art’, …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how riefenstahl's role as a nazi regime director allowed the nazi party and ideology to influence the german people.
  • Explains how riefenstahl's filmmaking and artistic films not only impacted germany, but the world. her techniques and strategies have been studied and analysed, creating a new perspective in the film industry.
  • Analyzes how riefenstahl's gender contributed to her being a significant figure in the film-industry, and helped portray the nazi party as supporters of equality and equal rights.
  • Analyzes how riefenstahl's actions as a woman affected nazi germany at the time and affect society today.

Her techniques and strategies have been studied and analysed, creating a new perspective in the film industry as well as the development of new propaganda throughout the war. One of these impacts occurred in 1942, when the British made a short propaganda film, ‘Lambeth Walk – Nazi Style’, which edited ‘Triumph of the Will’, presenting the Nazis as if they were dancing to the song ‘The Lambeth Walk’. Riefenstahl’s rally films glorified Nazism, she was able to inflict fear into the heart of other nations which in turn caused them to distribute anti-Nazi propaganda, thus affecting WW2 greatly. Entertainment was also affected, an example being Charlie Chaplin's, ‘The Great Dictator’, largely inspired by Triumph of the Will. Today in the 21st century, Riefenstahl’s films have been studied by many artists, including film directors Peter Jackson, George Lucas and Ridley Scott [7], which would influence many of their movies and the ways they are produced. Her actions had and have affected the film industry we know today, whilst influencing the creation of new, enhanced forms of …show more content…

Although supported by Hitler, Riefenstahl was disliked by many other key figures in Nazi Germany, most specifically Joseph Goebbels. Her position made others uncomfortable and jealous. In one instance, as described by Riefenstahl, he had presumably screamed at her ‘If you were a man and not a woman, I’d throw you down stairs. You’re a dangerous woman [3]. Riefenstahl however, still pursued her career and held her position. Her commitment and resilience to matters as these, is what many individuals strive to do today. Riefenstahl’s role as a woman, has impacted feminism today as she has been used today as an example, a person who dominated a male-run industry and resisted male ‘hate’ comments. Whilst some women appear to dislike Riefenstahl. At a women’s film festival in Chicago, Riefenstahl had been invited as a speaker, yet the invitation was withdrawn when members of the Chicago women’s movement threatened to picket her [4]. Riefenstahl has clearly created a controversy from her actions, creating a division that impacts society greatly. This has also occurred in film culture where she is praised for her works, not as a Nazi, but as a director. A film festival in Colorado is evidence of this, a festival organised by film-culture people who were going to play one of her films to appreciate her ‘art’ [1] yet was protested by the Jewish

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