Miscellaneous Nazi Films
1. Footage from the Nuremberg Rallies of 1927, 1929, and 1933
The first one I'm including is a compilation of Nazi films of the Nuremberg Rallies from 1927, 1929, and 1933. Leni Riefenstahl’sTriumph of the Will is widely known, as is her film of the 1933 rally. However, the Nazis produced silent films of the two earlier rallies. They are interesting. They lack the power of Riefenstahl’s work. It is also interesting to see how propaganda techniques developed. One of the most effective moments in Triumph of the Will comes when Hitler consecrates new party standards by holding the so-called “Blood Banner” in one hand as he touches new banners with his other hand. Compare that to what happens in the 1929 segment.
The video is on archive.org. The rather annoying and repetitive music, of course, was not part of the original viewing experience. I recommend turning the sound off while watching it. The full video runs 86 minutes.
Clearly, Nazi propaganda became more polished.