Art, in any shape or form, captivates our interest and emotions. Though Leni Riefenstahl and Ray Muller differ in the approach to film production, both shared similar film techniques. Their films appeals to the audience's emotions, while identifying the subject with the audience.
Both film directors use the rhetorical appeal of pathos to reel in their captive audience. In Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will", she portrays a unified and powerful Germany to help persuade crowds to join the Nazi regime through the perceived power Germany evoked on in the world. Muller on the other hand, helps the audience identify and sympathize with Riefenstahl in "The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl." Riefenstahl's life is contrasted with the legend that the world had created. In this documentary, Muller shows the audience how Riefenstahl is human that her life is full of triumphs and failures just like any other human.
Though both artists appeal to the audience emotions, their depiction of their subjects greatly differs. Riefenstahl shows Adolph Hitler in a positive light. "Triumph of the Will" spread propaganda for Hitler's cause. Muller broadened the scope of Riefenstahl's life that the public saw. He wanted audiences to see parts of Riefenstahl's life other than those moments linked to Hitler and her legend. Muller achieved this goal by filming Riefenstahl in her natural and vulnerable state. He succeeded by filming Riefenstahl with friends and showing the audience that she would not always cooperate; images are linked to what being human is.
Riefenstahl and Muller both filmed extraordinary humans. Riefenstahl filmed Hitler and Muller filmed Riefenstahl. Even though their styles and methods differed greatly, we gain great insight and understanding through these films.


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