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A 1935 film directed by Leni Riefenstahl and funded by [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany the German National-Socialist government]]. It was shown once a year for {{propaganda|machine}} purposes in every German cinema until 1945. Despite its loathsome subject matter (the 1934 Nazi Party Congress), the film was wildly successful at its intended purpose and to this day it forms a reference point for people's mental image of Nazi regime. Moreover, the extent that ''Triumph of the Will'' continues to be regarded as an innovative and groundbreaking film has its roots in a concerted effort by the German state to promote the film as an ideal in contrast to various forms of expression the Nazis disapproved of.

Ultimately, the Triumph of ''Triumph'' is one of budget. With the full backing of the state ''Triumph of the Will'' sought to convince both foreign and domestic audiences that the Nazi regime was unstoppable through sheer force of spectacle. Surprisingly (or not) the film has since proved highly influential--the medal scene that ends ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' is a direct lift from the scene in this movie where Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Viktor Lutze lay a wreath at the memorial for President Hindenburg.

The movie is officially not public domain, [[AbandonWare but since it also has no owners]], it's available on various online video sites. Perhaps surprisingly, the film is ''not'' banned in Germany and even has been broadcasted in public TV several times since the 1970s.

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!!This film provides examples of:
* BadassArmy: Perhaps the most iconic scene in the movie is when Adolf Hitler is standing with SS leader Heinrich Himmler, and SA leader Viktor Lutze. Hitler, Himmler, and Lutze all salute the entire armed forces, and the troops salute the Nazi leaders back.
** Not just a badass army, but the SS in particular was also an [[ArmiesAreEvil evil army]].
* BalconySpeech: Hitler does a few of these.
* EyeCandy: Generally everything.
* GloriousLeader: The way Hitler is presented.
* HitlerCam: The {{Trope Namer|s}}, and possibly the {{Trope Maker|s}}, though it's actually used rather sparingly.
* IntendedAudienceReaction: See PropagandaMachine.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: The marching band sequence late in the film. Even Hitler seems to get exhausted watching it.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: The Fuhrer's [[LargeHam bombastic]] gesticulating during his big speech is truly a sight to behold.
* MillionMookMarch: Numerous scenes, particularly the mourning of former President Hindenburg.
** The film claims a whopping 200,000 people came together for the celebration.
* PatrioticFervor: Of the worst sort.
* PropagandaMachine: The film itself.
** A few American propaganda pieces just showed the marching and translated parts of the speeches into English, letting the mere fact it was meant to be inspirational for the Germans speak for itself. The ''Series/WhyWeFight'' series did this a lot.
* RousingSpeech: Well, they certainly seem roused. [[NightmareFuel And ready to kill on command.]]
* StockParody: Probably one of the most referenced films of all time: everything from ''Film/CitizenKane'' to ''Franchise/StarWars'' to ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' to ''Disney/TheLionKing'' to ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobSquarepantsMovie'' borrows imagery from this movie, along with the innumerable documentaries who cannibalize its footage. More generally our collective image of Nazis (marching masses of soldiers, Hitler's manic speech-making) largely originates here.
* ThoseWackyNazis: TheMovie. This trope is largely a product of perspective. The Nazis try to portray themselves as sane and reasonable, but we the audience now know that what they said and what they meant often conflicted with each other, and so all the many speeches in the film sound wholly ludicrous.
* WorldOfHam: Just look at any one of Hitler's speeches in the film.
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