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Our Teach-In series uses film to create awareness about significant contemporary issues and provoke dialogue and discussion. They are held twice a month and are free-of-charge, although a donation will be requested.

April 2, 2017

Triumph of the Will

Film still: Triumph of the Will


4 stars "A sobering thought: Most of the people on the screen were dead within a few years"
  —Roger Ebert
"Technically brilliant, and still one of the most disturbing pieces of propaganda around"

Leni Riefenstahl's masterpiece of propaganda, Triumph of the Will was made in 1935 with the enormous resources of the Nazi regime, the film celebrates the 1934 Nuremberg Party Congress which attracted 700,000 Nazi supporters and features speeches by top Nazi officials including Adolf Hitler. Riefenstahl, a controversial figure, was investigated for Nazi crimes after the war for two years, but charges were never brought against her. She concluded her life at the age of 101 as a successful photographer of the Nuba people in Africa and of life underwater. Like 1984, Triumph of the Will has gained new currency when Senior Presidential Adviser Stephen Bannon was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as being an admirer of Riefenstahl, saying that he wanted to be the Riefenstahl of the GOP.

Directed by Leni Riefenstahl, 1935, Germany, 114 min. In German with English subtitles.

Judy Hoffman, Professor of Practice at the University of Chicago's Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and a documentary filmmaker, will lead the discussion after the screening.


  • Sunday, April 2 at 1 pm

FREE admission!
Donations are requested.


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