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Triumph of the Will and the cinematic language of propaganda

7 comments

  1. [7]
    hungariantoast
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    Just to steal @Whom's comment from last year:

    Just to steal @Whom's comment from last year:

    Triumph of the Will is not a triumph of filmmaking, I just want to lay that out before we even start. Chances are good that you're familiar with Triumph of the Will by reputation but have never actually watched it beyond referential clips, and a sizable portion of that reputation is in its value as an advancement to the art of filmmaking. This is propaganda. Like, that belief is in and of itself propaganda.

    I didn't know how to communicate this through tags, but I think it's worth including for those who won't watch the video, as without the content of the video and how it immediately starts, I would be accidentally reinforcing the propaganda in the mythos of the film and playing into that propaganda. So sorry, people who hate summarizing quotes in the comments!

    Please watch this one to the end if you have the time.

    5 votes
    1. [6]
      elcuello
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      Is @Whom the guy in the video? Great video and very well made. I've been avoiding YouTube for years now except the odd fail video now and then because of the algorithm and monetization of the...

      Is @Whom the guy in the video?

      Great video and very well made. I've been avoiding YouTube for years now except the odd fail video now and then because of the algorithm and monetization of the platform (not to mention the HORRIBLE YouTube app for Apple TV) but this video, Contrapoint and similar ones has restored some of my faith in the platform.

      1. [2]
        Whom
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        Not in the video or even a guy, I've just posted this previously to Tildes and they wanted to copy my original comment.

        Not in the video or even a guy, I've just posted this previously to Tildes and they wanted to copy my original comment.

        3 votes
        1. elcuello
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          Well none for two then :) Great video anyways

          Well none for two then :) Great video anyways

          1 vote
      2. [3]
        TheJorro
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        YouTube is pretty much the best platform for video essays, which is pretty much the only type of content I use YouTube for outside of tech shows like Linus Tech Tips or Digital Foundry. If you're...

        YouTube is pretty much the best platform for video essays, which is pretty much the only type of content I use YouTube for outside of tech shows like Linus Tech Tips or Digital Foundry.

        If you're interested, there are some other prominent YouTube channels that are either directly related to Folding Ideas and ContraPoints or operate around the same subject matter:

        Lindsay Ellis
        hbomberguy
        Shaun
        Jenny Nicholson
        Philosophy Tube
        Three Arrows

        Other good content of a similar vein but not as related:

        PBS' It's Lit (featuring Lindsay Ellis and Princess Weekes)
        Noah Gervais
        Jacob Geller
        Action Button Reviews

        3 votes
        1. [2]
          elcuello
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          Wow, thanks! Anyone you recommend audio only? I like to work while listening.

          Wow, thanks! Anyone you recommend audio only? I like to work while listening.

          1. TheJorro
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            Noah Gervais is almost entirely audio only, his videos are largely irrelevant to his audio. In terms of the rest, here's a rough sorting from most audio-only friendly to least: Action Button...

            Noah Gervais is almost entirely audio only, his videos are largely irrelevant to his audio.

            In terms of the rest, here's a rough sorting from most audio-only friendly to least:

            1. Action Button Reviews
            2. Jenny Nicholson
            3. Philosophy Tube
            4. Shaun
            5. Three Arrows
            6. Jacob Geller
            7. It's Lit
            8. Lindsay Ellis
            9. hbomberguy
            2 votes