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Writer:
Leni Riefenstahl (writer)
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Release Date:
8 March 1940 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(8 articles)
Olympic Filmmaker Dies At 84
 (From Huffington Post. 26 December 2010, 5:20 PM, PST)

Chariots Of Fire Is Top Olympics Movie
 (From WENN. 17 August 2008, 6:25 PM, PDT)

Farrow: "Spielberg Could Become Leni Riefenstahl of Olympic Games"
 (From WENN. 30 March 2007)

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Cast

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David Albritton ... Himself - High Jump, USA (uncredited)
Arvo Askola ... Himself - 10000 Metres, FIN (uncredited)
Jack Beresford ... Himself - Carries British Flag (uncredited)
Erwin Blask ... Himself - Hammer Throw, German (uncredited)
Sulo Bärlund ... Himself - Shot Put, Finland (uncredited)
Ibolya Csák ... Herself - High Jump, Hungary (uncredited)
Henri de Baillet-Latour ... Himself - IOC, Stands with Hitler, with Hurdlers (uncredited)
Philip Edwards ... Himself - 800 Metres, Canada (uncredited)
Donald Finlay ... Himself - 110m Hurdles, GB (uncredited)
Tilly Fleischer ... Herself - Javelin Throw, Germany (uncredited)
Wilhelm Frick ... Himself - Spectator (uncredited)
Joseph Goebbels ... Himself - Spectator (uncredited)
Hermann Göring ... Himself - Spectator (uncredited)
Ernest Harper ... Himself - Marathon, GB (uncredited)
Karl Hein ... Himself - Hammer Throw, Germany (uncredited)
Rudolf Hess ... Himself - Stands with Hitler (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself - Declares Games Open (uncredited)
Volmari Iso-Hollo ... Himself - 10000 Metres, FIN (uncredited)
Cornelius Johnson ... Himself - High Jump, USA (uncredited)
Matti Järvinen ... Himself - Javelin, FIN (uncredited)
Elfriede Kaun ... Herself - High Jump, Germany (uncredited)
King Umberto II ... Himself - Stands with Hitler, Salutes Italian Team (uncredited)
Kalevi Kotkas ... Himself - High Jump, FIN (uncredited)
Gustaf Alfons Koutonen ... Himself - Hammer Throw, FIN (uncredited)
Luise Krüger ... Herself - Javelin Throw, Germany (uncredited)
Maria Kwasniewska ... Herself - Javelin Throw, Poland (uncredited)
Theodor Lewald ... Himself - German Olympic Committee, Stands with Hitler (uncredited)
Luz Long ... Himself (uncredited)
Spiridon Louis ... Himself - Walks Behind Greek Flag, in Greek Costume (uncredited)
John Lovelock ... Himself - 1500 Metres, NZ (uncredited)
Gisela Mauermayer ... Herself - Discus Throw, Germany (uncredited)
Earle Meadows ... Himself - Pole Vault, USA (uncredited)
Ralph Metcalfe ... Himself - Sprinter, USA (uncredited)
Paula Mollenhauer ... Herself - Discus Throw, Germany (uncredited)
Väinö Muinonen ... Himself - Marathon, FIN (uncredited)
Seung-yong Nam ... Himself - Marathon, Japan (uncredited)
Henri Nannen ... Announcer (uncredited)
Yrjö Nikkanen ... Himself - Javelin, FIN (uncredited)
Shûhei Nishida ... Himself - Pole Vault, Japan (uncredited)
Paavo Nurmi ... Himself - Spectator Watching 10000 Metres Race (uncredited)
Dorothy Odam ... Herself - High Jump, GB (uncredited)
Martinus Osendarp ... Himself - 100 Metres, Holland (uncredited)
Jesse Owens ... Himself (uncredited)

Leni Riefenstahl ... Nude Dancer - Prologue (uncredited)
Mack Robinson ... Himself - Second, After Owens (uncredited)
Ilmari Salminen ... Himself - 10000 Metres, FIN (uncredited)
Julius Schaub ... Himself - Spectator, with Glasses, Behind Hitler (uncredited)
Kee-chung Sohn ... Himself - Marathon, Japan (uncredited)
Julius Streicher ... Himself - Spectator (uncredited)
Gerhard Stöck ... Himself - Shot Put, Javelin Throw, Germany (uncredited)
Naoto Tajima ... Himself - Triple Jump, Japan (uncredited)
Erkki Tamila ... Himself - Marathon, FIN (uncredited)
Kalervo Toivonen ... Himself - Javelin, FIN (uncredited)
Forrest Towns ... Himself - 110m Hurdles, USA (uncredited)
Werner von Blomberg ... Himself - Spectator (uncredited)
August von Mackensen ... Himself - Spectator (uncredited)
Hans von Tschammer und Osten ... Himself (spectator, in white suit) (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Hans Woellke ... Himself - Shot Put, Germany (uncredited)
Sueo Ôe ... Himself - Pole Vault (uncredited)
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Directed by
Leni Riefenstahl 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leni Riefenstahl  writer

Produced by
Leni Riefenstahl .... producer
 
Original Music by
Herbert Windt 
Walter Gronostay (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Wilfried Basse (uncredited)
Leo De Lafrue (uncredited)
Josef Dietze (uncredited)
E. Epkins (uncredited)
Hans Ertl (uncredited)
Walter Frentz (uncredited)
Hans Karl Gottschalk (uncredited)
Richard Groschopp (uncredited)
Willy Hameister (uncredited)
Wolf Hart (uncredited)
Hasso Hartnagel (uncredited)
Walter Hege (uncredited)
Paul Holzki (uncredited)
Werner Hundhausen (uncredited)
Albert Höcht (uncredited)
Carl Junghans (uncredited)
Herbert Kebelmann (uncredited)
Sepp Ketterer (uncredited)
Albert Kling (uncredited)
Ernst Kunstmann (uncredited)
Leo de Laforgue (uncredited)
Lagorio (uncredited)
E. Lambertini (uncredited)
Guzzi Lantschner (uncredited)
Otto Lantschner (uncredited)
Waldemar Lembke (uncredited)
Georg Lemke (uncredited)
C.A. Linke (uncredited)
Kurt Neubert (uncredited)
Erich Nitzschmann (uncredited)
Albert Schattmann (uncredited)
Hans Scheib (uncredited)
Wilhelm Schmidt (uncredited)
Hugo O. Schulze (uncredited)
Leo Schwedler (uncredited)
Alfred Siegert (uncredited)
W. Siehm (uncredited)
Ernst Sorge (uncredited)
Károly Vass (uncredited)
Andor von Barsy (uncredited)
Eberhard von der Heyden (uncredited)
Fritz von Friedl (uncredited)
Heinz von Jaworsky (uncredited)
Hugo von Kaweczynski (uncredited)
Alexander von Lagorio (uncredited)
H. von Stwolinski (uncredited)
Willy Zielke (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Leni Riefenstahl 
 
Production Management
Walter Traut .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luggi Waldleitner .... assistant camera
Georg Fleischmann .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Erna Peters .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Pierre de Coubertin .... dedicatee (as Baron Pierre de Coubertin)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker" - Germany (original title)
"The Olympiad" - USA
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Runtime:
Sweden:121 min | USA:111 min | UK:66 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)
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Trivia:
Leni Riefenstahl first contacted the biggest German film studio, Ufa, in order for them to finance the film. Friedrich A. Mainz, the studio head refused because of cost, so she contacted Tobis-Filmkunst who agreed to finance the film and put up ½ million Reichmarks upfront (three times the cost of a standard film at the time). The contract was only signed in December 1936, four months after the end of the Olympic Games.See more »
Soundtrack:
Olympische HymnneSee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The Dawn of Sports Registration, 13 August 2004
Author: erwan_ticheler from Amsterdam, Holland

Leni Riefenstahl started something that we all take for granted nowadays when we watch sports.From the following camera in the 100 meters to slow motion action to the build up of tension(start with lesser athletes and end with the winning performance).All this is combined with some beautiful shooting of both the athletes as of the crowd together with the impressive Berlin Olympic Stadium.

OLYMPIA is not a propaganda movie like Riefenstahl's magnum opus TRIUMPH DES WILLENS but it still shows hitler and his gang plus the swastika flag several times(but hey,why is the waving swastika flag propaganda and the waving stars and stripes in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN just a flag).Anyway,it isn't so much about the nazi's,it's about the Olympics and Riefenstahl gives us a journalistic report of it.

Highlight to me(and probably to everybody)is the winning performance of Jesse Owens,one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century.

The second part of the documentary is the lesser of the two with too much emphasis on the diving,but it has got a comic sequence with the Militry.

A good documentary with high historical interest,but I would rather recommend TRIUMPH DES WILLENS.It is more shocking but it gives a better view of the nazi's. 7/10

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