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ET 4: BIRTH OF A NATION AND TRIUMPH OF THE WILL

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These are two sequences from two masterpieces of propaganda: Birth of a Nation, directed by DW Griffith and Triumph of the Will. directed by Leni Riefenstahl

View the BN sequence and the first five minutes of TW.

Discuss at least two of the following topics with specific reference to both excerpts. Compare them with reference to specifics.

  • Realism: what is the story and plot each sequence depicts and how does it appear in the images and music?
  • Structure: How are the sequences structured? How does each tell the story through a sequence of shots? What are the patterns? How does each lead to a climax?
  • Melodrama: How do the sequences work as melodrama? What elements create the melodramatic effects on the audience?
  • Propaganda: How do the sequences work as propaganda? What elements of the depiction of the characters and action are designed to have a political and social impact on the film audience?
Reality doesn’t interest me. – Leni Riefenstahl

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