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Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker
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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 »
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2 wins See more »
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(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's visit to the United States in 1938 was mainly aimed at finding a US distributor for the film. Faced with fierce protests from many American organizations, in particular the 'Anti-Nazi League', her plan never came to fruition. The first screening in the United States was organised in Chicago in November 1938 by Avery Brundage, president of the US Olympic Committee and an ardent Nazi sympathiser. The private reception was hosted by Mrs. Claire Dux Swift, ex-wife of the German film star Hans Albers. The second screening (also private) took place on 14th December 1938 at the California Club in presence of Olympic medalists and screen Tarzans Johnny Weissmuller and Glenn Morris (Riefenstahl's ex-lover), as well as Olympic diver Marjorie Gestring. For this screening, Riefenstahl submitted a copy where she had edited out almost all the scenes featuring Hitler.See more »
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Olympische HymnneSee more »

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37 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
The evil this reveals lies precisely where we least expect it to - here and now, 7 November 2001
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

It was the 1936 Berlin Games that introduced the opening ceremony, the torch relay, the three-tiered presentation ceremony, and the overall sense of lavish, religious spectacle. In a way these are the first modern games. Does it worry you that most of the stuff we most fondly associate with the Olympics originated with the Nazis? It doesn't worry me: the Nazis' moral sense may have been deplorable, but their aesthetic sense was not nearly so bad as people like to pretend.

The most striking thing about Riefenstahl's documentary, viewed today, is its good taste. I admit I haven't seen the whole thing. Split into two parts for German release, it was edited somewhat and released simply as "Olympia" elsewhere, and it's "Olympia" that I've seen. I mention this because it's quite possible that "Olympia" is the version with the jingoism edited out. But I don't think so. (Surely if the film were to wave the swastika offensively, it would do so around the beginning, and the introductory sequence is just marvellous - it no more deserves to be associated with Nazism than Orff's "Carmina Burana".) In any case, if they edited all the jingoism out of a modern, two-hundred-hour Olympic telecast, it would last about ten minutes. It's amazing how much more crass and brazenly nationalistic modern coverage is when compared with Nazi propaganda. Riefenstahl shows races won by people other than Germans (and yes, some of them are non-Aryan) - she even shows us enough of the presentation ceremonies afterwards for us to be able to hear other national anthems! During the local coverage of the Sydney games I heard NOTHING but "Advance Australia Fair". Only other Australians can fully appreciate the horror of this.

Australian sports coverage, of course, was much better when it was in the hands of the state (or rather, the state-owned ABC network) ... but then, Australia is a democracy; the real shock is finding out that even HITLER'S regime could produce more even-handed, tasteful and intelligent Olympics coverage than we'll ever see from a modern commercial network.

Riefenstahl's footage is also more beautiful and better edited, and the athletes in general look LESS like fascist monuments and more like human beings than they do today. But that goes without saying.

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