Leni Riefenstahl, Adolf Hitler’s hand-picked and favorite film director, worked for the Nazi propaganda machine for much of the Third Reich. She was a pioneer of modern film techniques, and her work has withstood the test of time, ranking her as one of the most admired film-makers of all time.
Triumph of the Will, made during the Nuremberg Congress of the Nazi Party in 1934, was released in 1935 and rapidly became one of the best-known examples of propaganda in film history. Riefenstahl’s techniques, such as moving cameras, the use of telephoto lenses to create a distorted perspective, aerial photography, and a revolutionary approach to the use of music and cinematography, have earned Triumph of the Will recognition as one of the greatest films in history.
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Olympia, made by Riefenstahl to document the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, was the first Olympics documentary ever made. Often viewed as propaganda, much like Triumph of the Will, Olympia was made using the same groundbreaking cinematic techniques, such as cranes, tracking rails, and multiple cameras. It stands as a monument not only to the Olympics, but to the art of film-making. Time Magazine called Olympia one of the top 100 movies.
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