Federic Spott’s “Hitler and the Power ofAesthetics” book in addition to the “The Triumph of the Will” film bothapproach Hitler from a completely different perspective. Instead of the plaindictator we’ve learned about in the past, we see the portrait of an artisticand cultured dictator that was much more complex than most of us would imagine.Both the book and the film detail the traits Hitler held that made him quitefavorable to many in Germany at the time. For starters, he was an extremely powerful andeffective public speaker. When viewing the film you can tell the preparationand a great deal of effort he put in to ensure his speeches were well puttogether, and almost perfectly delivered. You can hear the confidence and pridehe held while speaking and his true belief in not only himself but also hiscause.
He knew how to fire up the crowd, appeal to their beliefs and values,and overall sell them on his vision for his newfound Germany. In addition, he was also previously an artistwho was rather good, although not particularly imaginative being the reason henever made it professionally. He also knew quite a bit in regards toarchitecture and was actually quite skilled when it came to drawing up plans.
He was also a huge lover of opera, in particular, Wagner.Although Hitler was an extremely bigappreciator of art and culture, he was very narrow-minded in regards to it, andonly preferred certain kinds. He was not a fan of modern art in the slightestand rejected modern music as well. He preferred a more traditional and classicapproach in regards to art and culture. Something I feel really connected him withthe German people. Overall, I think it is apparent as to whyHitler was an attractive leader at the time. He was an unconventional artistthat painted a picture of a new Germany he would create if given theopportunity.
An opportunity that he seized by running a well put together,well-rehearsed show that was his Nazi party with him at the forefront.