I’m finding this blogging assignment interesting. It’s made me reflect more on what I’ve been learning on a weekly basis and I think it’ll be interesting to look back on. Though the running theme of the blog is a reflection of what I’ve been learning weekly in my third year of University it is already turning out to be quite a random concoction. From sunflowers last week, to propaganda the next.
This week in Film Studies we discussed propaganda, something I was already pretty familiar with. Our lecturer asked us does the word propaganda give off negative or positive connotations for us. Immediately I thought negative. Anybody trying to force a way of thinking on you can’t be positive.
We watched a Nazi propaganda video, Leni Riefenstahl’s ‘Triumph of the Will’. I think most people would associate the word propaganda with the Nazis. I found myself zoning out during the video because it had a kind of soothing quality to it. It’s kind of a strange thing to say about a Nazi propaganda video but the images were easy on the eyes.
Of course its aim was to make Hitler look good and I can see how it would have appeared like that at the time. The film starts off with shots of the clouds above the sky and Hitler majestically flying down in his plane. It could be compared to the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s propaganda of today.
Being aware of what Hitler and the Nazi party eventually went on to do gave the video a disturbing feel to it, but I can see how anyone at the time, completely unaware, could be sucked into something like this.
It got me thinking about the movies that I watch, the articles that I read and everything in between. There’s usually some kind of influence behind something and I think it’s important to keep an open mind, to educate yourself and to try and see every perspective.