Triumph des Willens (Triumph Of The Will)
Triumph des Willens (Triumph Of The Will) (1935)

Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens) is a filmed record of the 1934 Nazi Party Convention, in Nuremberg. No, it is more than just a record: it is an exultation of Adolf Hitler, who from the moment his plane descends from Valhalla-like… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 28, 1935
DVD Release Date: August 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Triumph of the Will is impossible to separate from its repugnant political context -- and impossible to deny as a powerfully made piece of cinematic propaganda.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

That Triumph of the Will is a great propaganda film, there is no doubt, and various surveys have named it so. But I doubt that anyone not already a Nazi could be swayed by it.

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David Keyes

The movie is the embodiment of an evil and destructive philosophy, but it must remain accessible for both new filmmakers and students of history, especially if it inspires them to contemplate the moral limits of their respective fields.

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TV Guide

The result is a film that is simultaneously monotonous and horrifying -- a historically important but artistically bereft fascist "industrial," a movie that, despite its almost constantly tracking camerawork, is stillborn.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Nazis or no, two hours of marching and speechifying is pretty damn dull; maybe this is what they mean by "the banality of evil."

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

Making a supreme effort to put aside the socio-ethical considerations this is, in purely cinematic terms, incredible filmmaking.

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Cole Smithey

The most famous and infamous propaganda film of all time is revealing for its stern depiction of the way Hitler's Germany sought to present itself to its own countrymen and to the outside world.

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Chris Petit
Time Out

Technically brilliant, and still one of the most disturbing pieces of propaganda around.

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Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper

Leni Riefenstahl's infamous masterwork sits with The Birth of a Nation in the pantheon's "outcast unclean" section.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

One of the most boring films ever made.

Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
To make it clear: propaganda is not documentary; that said, however dull it may be, this film is a remarkable piece of monstrous propaganda that should be… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Both impressive and embarrasing propaganda piece. A colossal parade of madness.
Spencer S.
Propaganda films of the first part of the twentieth century were usually not so explicit in their message. Many political messages were more often cloaked in… More
Michael Gildea
If you're watching this from a narrative standpoint you'll be bored to tears, but if you watch from a technical one it's fantastic.
Chris Weber
It drags at times, becoming a little bit boring, but other than that, Triumph of the Will is the greatest propaganda film ever made. The cinematography gives it… More
Jeremy Smith
Winner of my Greatest Documentary. A Materpeice of Propaganda.

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