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Explore the presentation of the Nazi Party in feature films.

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Media Coursework. Explore the presentation of the Nazi Party in feature films. In between the period of 1933 and 1945,the Nazi party became one of Germany's most famous regimes. It caused the Second World War to break out and therefore had spread its name throughout most of the world. The leader of this party was Adolf Hitler. Along with the other Nazi members, he portrayed his callous nature by striving to eliminate the Jewish race across Europe. In the twentieth century many feature films containing illustrations of the Nazi party have been made. The first film I will talk about is Triumph of the Will. Leni Riefenstahl directed this film in 1934, and is propaganda based; it features Adolf Hitler himself and was made to render the Nazi party when it had just formed. The film's beginning scene is of a plane flying over clouds with the famous Nazi Swastika emblem on the wing. Riefenstahl starts with this scene as the emblem can be seen very clearly due to the white clouds in the background. Hitler is in the plane, which is shown on the way to Nuremberg. We then see a shot of the plane from a different angle descending down from the clouds, this represents that Hitler came from above. When Hitler's plane lands, he gets into his car, which is then driven though the streets of Nuremberg. ...read more.


Brutality, care and generosity is seen throughout; for example, when a Jewish boy runs away, the guard aims his rifle at him, but his father makes it in time in order to displace the rifle from the hands of the Nazi, who then manages to restore himself and shoots the father. This is an example of the benevolence that the father has for his son; he is willing to risk his own life for him. Music plays a very important part in this scene, as different types of music is played, emotional music is played when family members are stripped from eachother, and when Schindler sees the girl in the red dress. A very famous piece of music is played by one of the soldiers while the killings are taking place; it is a piece by Mozart, which is a fast and energetic piece, and is rhythmically moves along with the killing of the Jews. Heart-rending music is also played throughout the rest of the scene along with close-ups of the Jews and the fear on their faces, in order to show what they went through in great detail. This scene presents how powerful the Nazi party was, and the way that they had the power to take life. It also shows what the Jewish people had to go through whilst waiting to be sent off to the concentration camps. ...read more.


This shows how fast his power spreads and at how pungent he has become. They march past Scar looking up to him just as the Nazi soldiers did to Hitler. In Triumph of the Will, Leni Reifenstahl uses many different types of camera shots in order to flaunt the Nazi regime, the way it was so powerful and much loved by many of those who lived in Germany. The film is very propaganda based and is quite effective in putting it's point across. In Schindler's List, Spielberg uses a number of very interesting moments of the scene that are extremely memorable, and includes horrifying clips of the Jews being killed for nothing. This film is portraying totally the opposite of what Triumph of the Will is set out to do, and that is to show the horrors of what the Nazi party is really about. Spielberg being Jewish himself creates this film with a very personal approach, using music to contrast the two races and graphic scenes to show the two different types of people living under the reign of one man. In my opinion I think that Schindler's list is the film, which portrays the Nazi regime better as it really isn't about blond hair and blue eyes but about the sadistic nature of man under the influence of another, and the terror suffered by those who seek no trouble or pleasure for themselves except for to be left alone and to live their own lives. Spielberg uses the clips that we seen to simply edify the truth and he does this positively and lucratively. ...read more.

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