FedericSpott’s “Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics” book in addition to the “TheTriumph of the Will” film both approach Hitler from a completely differentperspective. Instead of the plain dictator we’ve learned about in the past, wesee the portrait of an artistic and cultured dictator that was much morecomplex than most of us would imagine. Both the book and the film detail thetraits Hitler held that made him quite favorable to many in Germany at the time.
Forstarters, he was an extremely powerful and effective public speaker. Whenviewing the film you can tell the preparation and a great deal of effort he putin to ensure his speeches were well put together, and almost perfectlydelivered. You can hear the confidence and pride he held while speaking and histrue belief in not only himself but also his cause. He knew how to fire up thecrowd, appeal to their beliefs and values, and overall sell them on his visionfor his newfound Germany. Inaddition, he was also previously an artist who was rather good, although notparticularly imaginative being the reason he never made it professionally. Healso knew quite a bit in regards to architecture and was actually quite skilledwhen it came to drawing up plans.
He was also a huge lover of opera, inparticular, Wagner.AlthoughHitler was an extremely big appreciator of art and culture, he was verynarrow-minded in regards to it, and only preferred certain kinds. He was not afan of modern art in the slightest and rejected modern music as well. Hepreferred a more traditional and classic approach in regards to art andculture.
Something I feel really connected him with the German people. Overall,I think it is apparent as to why Hitler was an attractive leader at the time.He was an unconventional artist that painted a picture of a new Germany hewould create if given the opportunity. An opportunity that he seized by runninga well put together, well-rehearsed show that was his Nazi party with him atthe forefront.