“Die Frau hinter der Manipulation”: Eine Analyse der Filme Das Blaue Licht und Triumph des Willens von Leni Riefenstahl
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Described by Hitler as the perfect German woman, Leni Riefenstahl was one of the best-known directors of National Socialism. During the Nazi era, Riefenstahl was a director of films that promoted the message and reputation of the Nazi party. Her documentaries about the Reichspartaitage were considered influential propaganda. Her feature films, which she made before and after the Nazi era, have technical, substantive and emotional similarities to their documentaries. Through an analysis of her first film The Blue Light (1932) and her most famous documentary, Triumph of the Will (1935) a stylistic continuity between these two films is outlined and shown. It is also described how Riefenstahl used film technology and editing to manipulate the audience.