MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 14,230 this week

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

7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 1,981 users  
Reviews: 13 user | 15 critic

The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin, orchestrated as Nazi propaganda.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 47 titles
created 18 Aug 2011
 
list image
a list of 31 titles
created 25 Dec 2012
 
a list of 49 titles
created 15 May 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 6 months ago
 
list image
a list of 47 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (1938)

Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (1938) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A man climbs a 12,000-foot mountain to search for his wife, who was lost on their honeymoon. Another couple makes the dangerous climb with him.

Directors: Arnold Fanck, Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Gustav Diessl, Leni Riefenstahl, Ernst Petersen
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In the Mont Blanc Observatory works Hannes. The only contact to the outside world is a pilot and Hella over the morse-code-radio. As Hella climbs the mountain with her father, the father ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Fanck
Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Sepp Rist, Ernst Udet
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The dancer, Diotima, meets an engineer and skier, Karl, in his cottage in the mountains where they fall in love and have an affair. When Karl's young friend, Vigo, meets her she gives him ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Fanck
Stars: Leni Riefenstahl, Luis Trenker, Ernst Petersen
Uncle Kruger (1941)
Biography | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rousing biopic of Paul Kruger, the Boer guerilla fighter turned statesman and first president of South Africa.

Directors: Hans Steinhoff, Karl Anton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Emil Jannings, Lucie Höflich, Werner Hinz
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An expedition goes in search of a party lost the year before.

Director: Arnold Fanck
Stars: Gustav Diessl, Leni Riefenstahl, Sepp Rist
White Ecstasy (1931)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An exhilarating view of skiing the German Alps, with a load in your pants.

Director: Arnold Fanck
Stars: Hannes Schneider, Leni Riefenstahl, Rudi Matt
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl
Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann
Jud Süß (1940)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In this notorious Nazi propaganda historical costume melodrama, a conniving, ambitious Jewish businessman, Süß Oppenheimer, snares a post as treasurer to the Duke of Wurttemburg by ... See full summary »

Director: Veit Harlan
Stars: Ferdinand Marian, Kristina Söderbaum, Heinrich George
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Rod La Rocque, Leni Riefenstahl, Sepp Rist
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills.

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Abel Jacquin, Alexandre O'Neill
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

The Jews of Poland (invaded by Germany in 1939) are depicted as filthy, evil, corrupt, and intent on world domination. Street scenes are shown prejudicially, along with clips from Jewish ... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Hippler
Stars: Curt Bois, Charles Chaplin, Albert Einstein
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In 1910 the British Antarctic Expedition, led by Capt. Robert F. Scott, embarks from Lyttleton, NZ on a quest to become the first to reach the South Pole.

Director: Herbert G. Ponting
Stars: Robert Falcon Scott, Herbert G. Ponting
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Sheigo Arai ...
Himself - Swimmer, Japan
Jack Beresford ...
Himself - Rower, Britain
Ralf Berzsenyi ...
Himself - Small-Bore Rifle, Hungary
Ferenc Csík ...
Himself - Swimmer, Hungary
Richard Degener ...
Himself - Springboard Diver, USA
Willemijntje den Ouden ...
Herself - Swimmer, Holland
Charles des Jammonières ...
Himself - Free Pistol, France
Velma Dunn ...
Herself - Platfom Diver, USA
Konrad Frey ...
Himself - Gymnastics, Germany
Marjorie Gestring ...
Herself - Springboard Diver, USA
Albert Greene ...
Himself - Springboard Diver, USA
Tetsuo Hamuro ...
Himself - 1st Place: 200m Breaststroke, Japan
Josef Hasenöhrl ...
Himself - Single Sculls Rower, Austria
Heinz Hax ...
Himself - Rapid-Fire Pistol, Germany
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

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 conclusion of the games. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Sport

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The production company Olympia-Film-GmbH, owned by Leni Riefenstahl and her brother Heinz, was only a front to preserve the film's political independence in front of the International Olympic Committee. It was in fact entirely funded by the Third Reich. The original contract stipulated that Olympia-Film-GmbH would be dissolved once production completed and the copyrights would be the sole property of the Reich. The dissolution only took place on 9th January 1942, with Riefenstahl being awarded 20% of the film's total earnings and naming the State as the only lawful copyright owner. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great
10 August 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Olympia 2 (1938)

**** (out of 4)

The second part of Riefenstahl's documents of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. I enjoyed this "sequel" a little less than the first film but that's not to say this one here isn't among the greatest films out there. The brilliant cinematography and editing are still here but the focus on the sports is quite differently. The first film mainly focused on track and field but this one goes for a wider range of events including a cross country trip, which ends with the runners falling from exhaustion. Also on display are gymnastics, which contain perhaps the greatest visuals of either film and perhaps the greatest of any film. I've watched gymnastics on various sports channels including ESPN and after watching this movie all I can say is that these people really need to study what's on display here. It's rather amazing at how brilliant this stuff looks compared to today and especially all the slow-motion treats, which really capture and show how incredibly skilled these athletes are. Diving, swimming, decathlon, field hockey and shooting are also on display here. The incredible beauty of this film makes it seem like all the shots were rehearsed and even the action was staged but of course this isn't true and this here just makes the film shine even more. All the controversy that has surrounded Riefenstahl is certainly wanted but it's a shame that this takes away from her incredible gift as a director. I always say ones personal life shouldn't come between the art and here is another stunning example of that.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Along with Part 1 simply the most beautiful film ever made. mowgli_07
A masterpiece?? pywalkye2
Choral music... Anna_Screengazer
Slow Motion Photography JackBluegrass

Contribute to This Page