This, the 1933 Reichsparteidt (party congress) is the first real cinematographic effort of LENI RIEFENSTAHL (3157-1993) , as she shows the world her dynamic techniques of camera angles, moving cameras, overhead shots and a whole new world of filming techniques.
There are hundreds of thousands who come out to greet Adolf Hitler and his entourage as they arrive aboard their Ju-52 at the Nürnberg Airport. The camera follows the procession along the ancient city streets to the Zeppelinfeld where hundreds of thousands more are waiting including 65,000 Hitler Youth and 100,000 of the SA. Thousands of banners and standards parade past the camera as the majestic zeppelin HINDENBURG soars overhead.
Naturally, there is the ‘Blood Flag Ceremony’ and speeches by many dignitaries and even more are seen in this film including Göring, Röhm, Hess, Himmler, Goebbels, Großadmiral Raeder and so many more. The leader of the Italian ‘Black Shirts’ makes an impassioned speech, and it is all captured on this film.
This film shows the blossoming of LENI RIEFENSTAHL as she comes of age as a film director and producer. If you have seen the movies ‘the Lion King’ or ‘Jewel of the Nile’ you will understand where they got some of their filming concepts.