Night and Fog vs Triumph of the Will

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“Triumph of the Will” and “Night and Fog,” portray Hitler’s vision for Germany, and the findings of Allied liberators of concentration camps in the beginning of World War II. A comparison of the films present two very different views of what Hitler deemed necessary for Germany. They each displayed propaganda in a way they’re eye-catching simply because of the raw footage. It took everything that we knew about pre WWII and corrected it, so that we knew the truth about how the people of Germany felt, and what they saw in those exact moments. The task of viewing these films was quite difficult, and although both films seem to be a highly emotional and factual, I believe that “Night and Fog” was a more superior piece of propaganda. I will …show more content…

Riefenstahl may claim that she simply filmed things that actually occurred, but this also is dishonest.
“Night and Fog” presents facts and images to tell the story of the camps and how they were run like an efficient factory whose motives are torture and death. Instead of speaking for the victims and survivors of the camps, the film allows viewers to have their own responses by asking questions and studying the record. The narration is delivered in a harsh, dry tone filled with skepticism and irony. The viewers are constantly told that words cannot describe what happened. They remind the viewer that there is no description or picture that can reveal the true horror of the Holocaust. Besides the narrated parts, nothing was staged in the pictures and images shown. There was no sugar coating to make it appear better than it was. This allows a better piece of propaganda because you know it’s real and it was one of the most horrific acts in history. Another ironic element is the lovely music. There is a flute playing in a very high pitch, upbeat sound, while the horrid images are in the background. This was the most confusing part of Night and Fog for me. It was hard to decipher what they were trying to portray. It was very eerie and gave a sickening feeling. I came to a conclusion that the music showed how the people expected the camps to be, but the pictures showed the reality. The only music in the Triumph at Will was the clapping of