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Olympia

Author: Leni RiefenstahlHerbert WindtDavid Calvert SmithOlympia-Film GmbH.International Olympic Committee.All authors
Publisher: [Venice, Calif.] : Pathfinder Home Entertainment, ©2006.
Series: Leni Riefenstahl archival collection.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : German : Complete original versionView all editions and formats
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pt.1. 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
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
Sports films
Nonfiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Leni Riefenstahl; Herbert Windt; David Calvert Smith; Olympia-Film GmbH.; International Olympic Committee.; Tobis Filmkunst GmbH.; Pathfinder Home Entertainment (Firm)
OCLC Number: 70868423
Language Note: Soundtrack in German or dubbed English; optional subtitles in English.
Notes: Edition from container; volume titles from disc labels.
Originally released as a motion picture in Germany in 1938 by Tobis.
Special features: deleted scene: "Olympia Oath," alternate scenes; essay by film historian David Calvert Smith; biography of Leni Riefenstahl, short film "Jugend der Welt," official documentary of the 1936 Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen; "Die Kamera fahrt mit", 1936 documentary by Bavaria-Filmkunst featuring footage from Leni Riefenstahl's films "Olympia" and "Triumph of the will"; still gallery.
Credits: Music, Herbert Windt.
Awards: Olympic Gold Medal of the International Olympic Committee, Best foreign movie, Venice, 1938.
Description: 2 videodiscs (204 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD ; NTSC, region 1 ; Dolby Digital 2.0.
Contents: pt. 1. Fest der Völker = Festival of the Nations --
pt. 2. Fest der Schönheit = Festival of beauty.
Series Title: Leni Riefenstahl archival collection.
Other Titles: Fest der Völker.
Festival of the Nations.
Fest der Schönheit.
Festival of beauty.
Jugend der Welt.
Kamera fahrt mit.
Olympia (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Olympia Film GmbH, International Olympic Committee and Tobis Filmkunst present ; written, produced and directed by Leni Riefenstahl.

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pt.1. 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.

pt. 2. 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 conclusion of the games.

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