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A 1935 film directed by Leni Riefenstahl and funded by [[NaziGermany the German government]]. It was shown once a year for propaganda purposes in every German cinema until 1945. Despite its loathesome subject matter (the 1934 Nazi Party Congress), it is regarded as an innovative, groundbreaking film that showed how cinema could be used for propaganda and documenting spectacle. It 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. Viewer discretion required, as well as not living in Germany. (Like all other Nazi propaganda, it is banned there.)
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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 forced, 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
* DocumentaryOfLies: Well, it ''self-defines'' itself as a documentary (of the 1934 Party Congress of the NSDAP), at least, and it was certainly innovative in the 'editing for emotional effect or make things appear to be other than they were' department.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Averted; Hitler gave Riefenstahl carte-blanche to make the film how she wanted. Joseph Goebbels was not happy about this, and various senior Nazi officials complained that the movie [[{{Irony}} didn't have any propaganda]]. Hitler overruled them.
* 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.
* 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
* NaziGermany
* 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.
* PuttingOnTheReich
* 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 ''Franchise/StarWars'' to ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' to ''Disney/TheLionKing'' borrows imagery from this movie. More generally our collective image of Nazis (marching masses of soldiers, Hitler's manic speechmaking) 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.
* ValuesDissonance: We hope so.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Riefenstahl managed to make a feature-length Nazi propaganda film that made zero references to Jews.
** At least, zero ''explicit'' references to Jews. One of the shown short excerpts from the speeches made during the Party Congress does speak about the need to keep races -- and the German race specifically -- pure.
*** This shouldn't be that surprising. Antisemitism was undeniably part of Nazism, but it was a far smaller part of the overall ideology than most people think. Since the persecution of Jews was shocking and makes for good TV, it's almost the only part of Nazi Germany usually talked about in today's media. However, Nazism was more concerned with power, art, nationalism, and improvement of the Aryan race. Those are the things Triumph of the Will promoted.
* WorldOfHam
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