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Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker) (1938)

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Sueo Ôe Sueo Ôe
Himself - Pole Vault
Kalevi Kotkas Kalevi Kotkas
Himself - High Jump, FIN
Gustaf Alfons Koutonen Gustaf Alfons Koutonen
Himself - Hammer Throw, FIN
Luise Krüger Luise Krüger
Herself - Javelin Throw, Germany
Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler
Himself - Declares Games Open
Ernest Harper Ernest Harper
Himself - Marathon, GB
Karl Hein Karl Hein
Himself - Hammer Throw, Germany
Dorothy Odam Dorothy Odam
Herself - High Jump, GB


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Description: 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 ... (more)
Release date: 21 April 1938
UPC: 018619961667
Tags: Flag (2), Slow Motion (2), Greece (2), Exhaustion (2), Athleticism (2), Gymnastics (2), Bell Ringing (2), Nude Dance (2), 1930s (2), Pole Vault (1), Hitler (1), Long Jump (1), Ruins (1), High Jump (1), Propaganda (1), Female Nudity (1), Male Physique (1), Signal (1), Medal Ceremony (1)
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