Considered lost for nearly seventy years, Leni Riefenstahl’s Victory of Faith, is again available to viewing audiences. A key work in the evolution of Nazi propaganda, Victory of Faith provides an ambitious record of the 1933 Nazi Party rally at Nuremberg. Released in early 1934, the film was enthusiastically promoted by the Nazi Party as a masterful promotional tool in presenting itself to the German people. Later that same year, however, Hitler oversaw a bloody purge of many of his “old comrades,” notably the Brownshirt leader Ernst Röhm, whose leading role at the 1933 rally – second only to Hitler – figures prominently in Riefenstahl’s film. Overnight, Röhm became persona non grata, and all references to him were obliterated from the public record. As a result, the thousands of prints of Victory of Faith in circulation across Germany were tracked down and destroyed. But just as the Nazi regime was eradicating memories of its 1933 celebration, party leaders were preparing for the next Nuremberg rally, slated for September 1934. Again, Riefenstahl was commissioned to film the proceedings; the results were indelibly recorded in her propagandistic masterpiece, Triumph of the Will (1935). As for Victory of Faith, it was long assumed that no complete copies survived, and the film seemed little more than an intriguing if minor postscript to Third Reich history.
Size : 854 MB
Source: DVD (A&M Productions/Storyteller Video Productions)