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Writer:
Leni Riefenstahl (writer)
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Release Date:
29 March 1940 (USA) See more »
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The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin, orchestrated as Nazi propaganda. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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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

Adolf Hitler ... Himself
Alois Hudec ... Himself - Gymnastics, Czechoslovakia
Cornelius Johnson ... Himself - High Jump Winner
Adolph Kiefer ... Himself - Swimmer, USA
Masaji Kiyokawa ... Himself - Swimmer, Japan
Reizô Koike ... Himself - Swimmer, Japan
Erich Krempel ... Himself - Free Pistol, Germany
Käthe Köhler ... Herself - Platform Diver, Germany
Eugen Mack ... Himself - Gymnastics, Switzerland
Shôzô Makino ... Himself - Swimmer, Japan
Rie Mastenbroek ... Herself - Swimmer, Holland
Jack Medica ... Himself - Swimmer, USA
Glenn Morris ... Himself - Decathlon, USA
Dorothy Poynton ... Herself - Diver, USA (as Dorothy Poynton Hill)
Katherine Rawls ... Herself - Springboard Diver, USA
Michael Reusch ... Himself - Gymnastics, Switzerland
Elbert Root ... Himself - Platform Diver, USA
Willy Rögeberg ... Himself - Small-Bore Rifle, Norway
Aleksanteri Saavala ... Himself - Gymastics, Finland
Alfred Schwarzmann ... Himself - Gymnastics, Germany
Gustav Schäfer ... Himself - Single Sculls Rower, Germany
Johanna Selbach ... Herself - Swimmer, Holland
Neda Senff ... Herself - Swimmer, Holland
Erwin Sietas ... Himself - Swimmer, Germany
Herman Stork ... Himself - Platform Diver, USA
Leon Stukelji ... Himself - Gymnastics, Yugoslavia
Noboru Terada ... Himself - Swimmer, Japan
Torsten Ullman ... Himself - Shooting Competitor, Sweden
Shunpei Utô ... Himself - Swimmer, Japan
Albert van den Weghe ... Himself - Swimmer, USA
Cornelius van Oyen ... Himself - Rapid-Fire Pistol, Germany
Matthias Volz ... Himself - Gymnastics, Germany
Conrad von Wangenheim ... Himself - Steeplechase, Germany
Catherina Wagner ... Herself - Swimmer, Holland
Josef Walter ... Himself - Gymnastics, Switzerland
Marshall Wayne ... Himself - Diver, USA
Rolf Wernicke ... Narrator
Masanori Yusa ... Himself - Swimmer, Japan
Albert Bachmann ... Himself - Gymnastics, Switzerland (uncredited)
Daniel Barrow ... Himself - Single Sculls Rower, USA (uncredited)
Wladyslaw Karas ... Himself - Small-Bore Rifle, Poland (uncredited)
Paul Laven ... Narrator (uncredited)
Hideko Maehata ... Himself - Swimmer, Japan (uncredited)
Shigeo Sugiura ... Himself - Swimmer, Japan (uncredited)
Masahari Taguchi ... Himself - Swimmer, Japan (uncredited)

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)
Walter Frentz (uncredited)
Hans Karl Gottschalk (uncredited)
Richard Groschopp (uncredited)
Willy Hameister (uncredited)
Walter Hege (uncredited)
Werner Hundhausen (uncredited)
Albert Kling (uncredited)
Ernst Kunstmann (uncredited)
Guzzi Lantschner (uncredited)
Otto Lantschner (uncredited)
Kurt Neubert (uncredited)
Erich Nitzschmann (uncredited)
Hans Scheib (uncredited)
Hugo O. Schulze (uncredited)
Károly Vass (uncredited)
Andor von Barsy (uncredited)
Fritz von Friedl (uncredited)
Heinz von Jaworsky (uncredited)
Hugo von Kaweczynski (uncredited)
Alexander von Lagorio (uncredited)
Willy Zielke (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Walter Traut .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hans Ertl .... underwater cinematographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Erna Peters .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Olympia 2. Teil - Fest der Schönheit" - Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
Sweden:96 min | USA:90 min
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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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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The Nazi connection is both stronger and more complex, 3 May 2003
Author: Mark (m_a_singer) from United States

***warning: spoliers (of a sort)*** This is certainly the better of the two Olympia films, as others have noted, though some sequences are more interesting than others. Gymnastics gets its turn - not surprising, as Riefenstal trained as a gymnast - as do equestrian events, all-too- brief coverage of cycling, and a few too many yachts. This is the film with the diving, as others have noted, and it is not possible to overstate how brilliantly edited that sequence is.

That sequence, along with the gymnastics which open the film, is the heart of "Olympia"'s rather complex connection with Nazi ideology. Watch these sequences, and notice how the athletes' connection with the ground is removed. The extreme slow motion and rhythmic editing take this beyond a celebration of beauty; it is a celebration of transcendence, the creation of an image of man larger than the world. The diving sequence at the end disolves into an idealized vision of Speer's Cathedral of Light, and the film ends with clouds, flags, flame, and a ladder of lights that pierces the sky. Together with Windt's underrated score, this film is one of the best examples of German Romanticism ever created. That idealization and transcendence, the piercing of matter to get at the spirit behind it, *was* a component of Nazi ideology, and Riefenstahl, who was not a member of the party (and, to be fair, seems to have been repelled by the Nazi's racism) was a fellow Romantic.

Is it worth seeing today? Undoubtedly so, if only to see where modern sports coverage got its start. Think about those more complex connections, though.

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