History Trivia: Leni Riefenstahl and The Triumph of the Will

A word to the wise: if you want a long and vibrant career in filmmaking, don't start with Nazi propaganda.

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do this documentary on Hitler and Nazis in Germany they went to Nuremberg during [Nuremberg highlighted on map]

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1934 and actually set in on a third reich movement as hitler was i just

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given one of his famous or now infamous speeches to thousands millions of people [Hitler giving speech to huge crowd]

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the film was actually released the next year in 1935 but if you've ever seen any

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type of screenshot or seen Hitler yelling at people it was probably from

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this documentary but not only did she film but she also set the precedent for

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big big productions and so they brought in the works from cameras and tripods

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and trolleys and everything like that to put on this big production to film this [Big production list on chalkboard]

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you know this huge moment in history a lot of these things that she was doing

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carry over in today and so when you see big productions take place today like

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the naming of a new pope or the presidential inauguration and things [The pope waving]

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like that we should be squeezed with people's most of the production crews

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got this stuff from Lenny good ole any in yes-mo when she was doing the movies

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a lot of people thought that she was a Nazi sympathizer and so therefore she

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was actually tried in war courts you know of a lot of these different things [Leni standing in court room]

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because they thought that she was aiding you know the Nazis was that she was BFFs

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with Hitler and stuff and she wasn't she was like nah I'm just a propagandist

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person making films and so she was never convicted of any of these you know

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crimes or anything that they are saying that she was tried for but still people [Man discussing Leni's crimes]

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labeled her as a Nazi sympathizer because she was dealing with all of that

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and to add insult to injury Hitler even like her he was like yeah she's dope I

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want to add her to the list and she's like no no don't do that the Hitler was [Leni stood beside Hitler]

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you know all on board like yeah she's my favorite

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and I would love her to do more stuff for me and all of that and so it kind of

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gave her a bad reputation so then when the movie industry insiders started

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hearing about this you know they didn't want to make movies with her or give her [Leni's resume appears and is stamped potential nazi]

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any work because they felt like they couldn't trust her and you know they

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thought that she was affiliated with the Nazis and so soon thereafter she stopped

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trying to make movies all together because she found it so difficult to get [Leni stood outside movie studio]

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work but not to fear there's plenty of other Hitler documentary propagandists

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out there who took up the mantle I know right like we need any more of those but

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always remember who did it first always remember who all of these things were [Man discussing Leni and Time magazine appears]

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inspired after and that's Leni Riefenstahl however you want to say that so