Audience’s Emotional Response in The Triumph Of The Will, Cabaret, Schindler’s List and The Lion KingWhy are people still so fascinated and emotionally enthralled by theNazis? I think it is because of the “horror factor” which is similarto scary films. You ask yourself how a human can do such things as theNazis did and the same question is asked in psychological horrorfilms. In this essay, I will discuss the films Triumph of the Will,Schindler’s List, Cabaret and The Lion King, and how they portray theNazis, and what techniques they use to do so.
During the 1930s under the Nazis, Hitler commissioned Leni Riefenstahlto make a propaganda film about the Nazis. In 1934, Triumph of theWill was released and was based on the Nazi party rally in Nuremberg.Its purpose was to convert people to fascism. It opens with a shotfrom a plane flying over the historic city of Nuremberg this isHitler’s viewpoint. The audience see a shadow of the plane high alongthe ground not unlike the shadow of fascism falling over Europe. Thismakes the audience feel that Hitler is above everyone, and verysuperior. The opening is slow with stirring, emotional music withTeutonic lettering in the credits, because Hitler wanted Germany to belike it used to centuries ago, strong and powerful.
Hitler was one of the first celebrities to be idolised by the publicand in Triumph Of The Will, he is portrayed as godlike. This isemphasised by the fact that the camera always looks up at him but downat his …
…yenas use is alsothe same as the Nazis used. This is known as goose stepping. Nearer tothe beginning of the scene, Scar is shown above the hyenas whichsymbolises the fact that Hitler was superior to his followers. Hegives his inferiors food which can be symbolised as giving someone anincentive for alliance and help.
Throughout all 4 films, Nazis are portrayed as amoral, heartless,racist humans. This is done by using techniques such as suspension ofdisbelief which will emotionally attach the audience to the film andmake them question why the Nazis are performing such heartless acts. Agood example of this is the shock created by the blood and gore inSchindler’s List. This makes the audience believe that Nazis are theheight of evil, and gives them a negative attitude towards Nazism andfascism altogether.