Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht
|Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht|
Wehrmacht in front of audience in the film.
|Directed by||Leni Riefenstahl|
|Produced by||Leni Riefenstahl|
|Written by||Leni Riefenstahl|
|Music by||Peter Kreuder|
|Editing by||Leni Riefenstahl|
|Distributed by||Universum Film AG|
|Running time||28 minutes|
Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht (English: Day of Freedom: Our Armed Forces) is the third documentary directed by Leni Riefenstahl. Her film recounts the Seventh Party Rally of the Nazi Party, which occurred in Nuremberg and focuses on the German army.
The featurette depicts a mock battle staged by German troops during the ceremonies at Nuremberg on German Armed Forces Day 1935. The camera follows the soldiers from their early-morning preparations in their tent city as they march singing to the vast parade grounds where a miniature war involving infantry, cavalry, aircraft, flak guns and the first public appearance of Germany's new forbidden tank is presented before Hitler and thousands of spectators.
When several generals in the Wehrmacht protested over the minimal army presence in Triumph of the Will, Hitler proposed his own "artistic" compromise where Triumph would open with a camera slowly tracking down a row of all the "overlooked" generals (and placate each general's ego). According to her own testimony, Riefenstahl boldly refused his suggestion and insisted on keeping artistic control over Triumph of the Will. She did agree to return to the 1935 rally and make a film exclusively about the Wehrmacht, which became Tag der Freiheit.2
- Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht at the Internet Movie Database
- Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht is available for free download at the Internet Archive more
- Tag der Freiheit: Unsere Wehrmacht at AllRovi
- English translation of Hitler's speech in the film
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