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.
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After signing the contract to make the film in 1935, Riefenstahl was under pressure from Joseph Goebbels
to deliver her work as quickly as possible so it could be exploited for propaganda purposes, so he tried to limit the amount of money and time she would have. Riefenstahl turned to Adolf Hitler
for support, and he allowed her the opportunity to have several years to complete what would become a two part epic. See more
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