Top Ten Things Inspired by Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will"

Martin_Canine
"Triumph of the Will" is a Nazi propaganda film from 1935 directed by Leni Riefenstahl. While she repeatedly stated the movie is only a documentary of the Reich party, it is known that Riefenstahl herself actively helped organizing and staging the event.

While undeniably evil in ideology, it still is considered one of the most powerful movies of all time in serious movie circles, and even further, one of the most influential movies of all time. It inspired epic films, and imagery and aesthetics have often been copied to visualize both evilness and power.

The Top Ten

1 Star Wars Saga

Several scenes have been re-shot, especially involving the empire. The ceremony in "Episode IV: A New Hope" is almost the same as Hitler's walk to the pedestal.
"Storm Troopers" is a literal translation of "Sturmtruppen". - Martin_Canine

2 The Lion King

The visuals during the "Be Prepared" sequence are almost identical to the parades in TOTW. - Martin_Canine

3 Hardcore - Kollegah Hardcore - Kollegah

The music video featuring Kollegah as some kind of dictator (in a Mad Max-style postapocalyotic civilisation) in front of giant banners heavily resembles the party rally decoration. - Martin_Canine

4 Help! I'm a Fish

Joe in front of giant bannees showing a fish logo in the swastika colors red, white and black while being hailed at. - Martin_Canine

5 Only - Nicki Minaj

The animated music video features Minaj in front of giant banners similar to the swastika banners while walking through mass of loyal subjects. - Martin_Canine

6 Gladiator

Scott uses the same aesthetics to show the power and glory of the Roman Empire than Riefenstahl used to demonstrate the power of Nazi Germany (especially the uses of eagle statues and drummers). - Martin_Canine

7 Pink Floyd The Wall

When Floyd becomes some kind of racist dictator, the imagery becomes more like the speeches of the nazi rally. - Martin_Canine

8 South Park: The Stick of Truth

Sound clips used. - Martin_Canine

9 The Great Dictator

According to several sources, Chaplin based the speech scenes on "Triumph of the Will" (since I know he was a fan of her movie "The Blue Light", it is most likely true). Even though I love Chaplin's important masterpiece, I have to say that I have seen more powerful recreations of TOTW's aesthetics. - Martin_Canine

10 Inglorious Bastards

The propaganda movie "Stolz der Nation", which is a film in the film, uses some re-shots. - Martin_Canine

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