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Olympia

Germany, German, 121 mins

  • Director: Leni Riefenstahl
  • Writer: Leni Riefenstahl
  • Producer: Leni Riefenstahl

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The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin shot by the inconquerable Riefenstahl.

It's spellbinding history.


Watch...Olympia 1. Teil - Fest Der Völker [Festival of nations]...

Watch...Olympia 2. Teil - Fest Der Schönheit [Festival of Beauty]...

The(ir) Blurb...

After being commissioned by the 1936 Olympic Committee to create a feature film of the Berlin Olympics, Riefenstahl shot a documentary that celebrates the human body by combining the poetry of bodies in motion with close-ups of athletes in the heat of competition. Includes the marathon, men's diving, and American track star Jesse Owen's sprint races at the 1936 Olympic games. The production tends to glorify the young male body and, some say, expresses the Nazi attitude toward athletic prowess. Includes the lighting of the torch at the stadium and Adolf Hitler looking on in amazement as Jesse Owens wins an unprecedented four Gold Medals.

Cast & Characters

David Albritton as Himself;
Jack Beresford as Himself;
Henri de Baillet-Latour as Himself;
Philip Edwards as Himself;
Donald Finlay as Himself;
Wilhelm Frick as Himself;
Josef Goebbels as Himself;
Hermann Goring as Himself;
Ernest Harper as Himself;
Rudolf Hess as Himself;
Adolf Hitler as Himself;
Cornelius Johnson as Himself;
King Umberto II as Himself;
Theodor Lewald as Himself;
Luz Long as Himself

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