La mistica dell’immagine
Propaganda e performance rituale in due film di Leni Riefenstahl
Riti cinematografici in Trionfo della volontà di Leni Riefenstahl
«Fata Morgana», n. 17/2012
Cinematic Rites in Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of Will
In Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of Will (1935), the ritual element is revealed not only through the documentaristic representation of the Parteitag, but also through the cinematic representation which enhances the existing rituals and liturgies of the congress while creating new ones through shots selection and montage. As an example, the end of the first narrative segment (3rd sequence), shows the symbolic passage from pre-Nazi to Nazi Germany, anticipating the coming of the millennial Reich. The combination of shots and music creates a liturgic context and a rite of passage, emphasising the hallowing potential of cinema.