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Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (Olympia 2. Teil - Fest der Schönheit) (1938)

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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. The production tends to glorify the young male body and, some say, expresses the Nazi attitude toward athletic prowess. Miss Riefenstahl captures the grace of athletes during field hockey, soccer, bicycling, equestrian, aquatic and gymnastic events. Highlights are the Pentathlon and the Decathlon, which was won by American Glenn Morris; it ends with the triumphant conc ... (more)
Release date: 29 March 1940
Tags: Documentary (2), B&w (1), 1938 (1), 100 Min. (1)
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"OLYMPIA - THE DIVING SEQUENCE Leni Riefenstahl's epic documentary record of the 1936 Berlin Olmypic Games will always be a film mired in controversy given Riefenstahl's connections with the Nazis. Her infamous 1935 documentary 'Triumph of the Will' has subsequently been revered for its technical achievements and reviled for its use of cinema to deify Adolf Hitler. 'Olympia', however, suggests the work of a director in awe of the physical excellence of athletes from many different nations. As cr"


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