Cinema and Politics

timer Asked: Mar 30th, 2017

Question Description

The purpose of this assignment is to discuss the role a filmmaker plays in politics by analyzing the documentaries made by Leni Riefenstahl in the 1930s. First you will need to watch the interview clip below, The Immoderation of Me, to hear what Riefenstahl had to say about her work, this clip is very important. Then you need to watch segments of two of her most famous films: Triumph of the Will and Olympia

Watch the following documentaries:

The Immoderation of Me (2002). You can advance to minute 14:28 and begin watching there. If it does not play for you, click on this link (Links to an external site.)

Triumph of the Will (1935) - no need to watch the entire film, just a few scenes will be enough, I suggest you begin somewhere around minute 31:00. Or click on this link (Links to an external site.)

Olympia - Part 1 (1938) - again, just a few segments. Jesse Owens sprint is around minute 38:00. Or click on this link (Links to an external site.)

Now that you are familiar with the filmmaker's work, post an answer to ALL of the following:

1- Were Riefenstahl's documentaries either Art OR Propaganda films AND Why? Please choose one or the other, do NOT take the safe road of "they are both". You will lose 10 points if you answer "both".

2- What cinematic elements from Riefenstahl's documentaries were different from the movies of the Hollywood Studios? (use the terms from the Film Grammar assignment)

3- Name one other filmmaker (American or International) who did documentaries similar to Riefenstahl's. Illustrate your point by including one of his/her film titles AND explain what are the similarities (be specific).

Every answer must make a reference to specific film examples.

Hint: Her Mountain Films, including The Blue Light, were not documentaries and should not be used in this discussion.

When answering question 1, I am asking you to make a choice -between Art and Propaganda- and explain your reasons for it, yes, pick ONLY one, even if you think they are both. You will lose 10 points if you answer "both".

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