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Olympia pt. 2, festival of beauty

Author: Leni RiefenstahlHerbert WindtHans ErtlWalter FrentzGuzzi LantschnerAll authors
Publisher: [Germany] : [Leni Riefenstahl-Produktion], [1938]
Edition/Format:   VHS video : PAL color broadcast system : VHS tape   Visual material : GermanView all editions and formats
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Produced by Leni Riefenstahl as a celebration of the olympic ideal and the Third Reich, Riefenstahl shot one and half million feet of film and spent 18 months in the editing room to create this record of the Berlin Olympic games. This documentary was produced at the specific request of Adolph Hitler as the Third Reich's official record of the XI Olympic Games held in Germany in 1936. Although controversial for its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Feature films
Nonfiction films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Leni Riefenstahl; Herbert Windt; Hans Ertl; Walter Frentz; Guzzi Lantschner; Walter Gronostay; Leni Riefenstahl-Produktion.
OCLC Number: 894529557
Notes: Harvard Film Archive PAL videocassette, Harvard Film Archive no. 7381. Originally released as a feature documentary film in 1938.
Non subtitled version of the German motion picture Olympische Spiele, first released in 1938.
Running time on release Part 1, 118 minutes, Part 2, 107 minutes, Cf. Dictionary of Films, George Sadoul.
Common title, not from piece.
Pt. 1. Festival of the people, Pt. 2. Festival of beauty.
Pt. 1. T. Fest der Völker, Pt. 2. T. Fest der Schönheit.
Credits: Photography, Willy Zielke, Hans Ertl, Walter Frantz, Guzzi Lantschner, Kurt Neubert, Hans Schneib ; music, Herbert Windt.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (approximately 107 min.) : sound, black and white ; 1/2 in.
Other Titles: Olympia (Motion picture : 1938)
Olympiad
Responsibility: Leni Riefenstahl-Produktion ; director, Leni Riefenstahl.

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Produced by Leni Riefenstahl as a celebration of the olympic ideal and the Third Reich, Riefenstahl shot one and half million feet of film and spent 18 months in the editing room to create this record of the Berlin Olympic games. This documentary was produced at the specific request of Adolph Hitler as the Third Reich's official record of the XI Olympic Games held in Germany in 1936. Although controversial for its ties to, and representation of National Socialism, this film is considered by many to be a brilliant and ground-breaking sports documentary. Leni Riefenstahl maintains that the film contained no propaganda or political content and that she had many difficulties working with Dr. Goebbels during the production of the film. Riefenstahl made a film that celebrates the human body by combining the poetry of bodies in motion with close-ups of athletes in the heat of competition. Part I, "The Festival of the People," includes the carrying of the flame from Greece, the lighting of the torch and the track-and-field events where American runner Jessie Owens won an unprecedented four gold medals. Part II, Festival of Beauty, focuses on the "pure" beauty of the body and movement. Five years after this film was made the German army retraced the route that the olympic torch had traveled from Athens, invading Greece in 1941.

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