Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations ()

Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker (original title)
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The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin.


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Complete, Cast awaiting verification

Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - High Jump, USA (uncredited)
Himself - 10000 Metres, FIN (uncredited)
Himself - Carries British Flag (uncredited)
Erwin Blask ...
Himself - Hammer Throw, German (uncredited)
Sulo Bärlund ...
Himself - Shot Put, Finland (uncredited)
Herself - High Jump, Hungary (uncredited)
Himself (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)
Herself - Javelin Throw, Germany (uncredited)
Wilhelm Frick ...
Himself - Spectator (uncredited)
Himself - Spectator (uncredited)
Himself - Spectator (uncredited)
Himself - Marathon, GB (uncredited)
Himself - Hammer Throw, Germany (uncredited)
Himself - Stands with Hitler (uncredited)
Himself - Declares Games Open (uncredited)
Volmari Iso-Hollo ...
Himself - 10000 Metres, FIN (uncredited)
Cornelius Johnson ...
Himself - High Jump, USA (uncredited)
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)
Himself - 1500 Metres, NZ (uncredited)
Gisela Mauermayer ...
Herself - Discus Throw, Germany (uncredited)
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)
Himself - Javelin, FIN (uncredited)
Himself - Pole Vault, Japan (uncredited)
Himself - Spectator Watching 10000 Metres Race (uncredited)
Herself - High Jump, GB (uncredited)
Martinus Osendarp ...
Himself - 100 Metres, Holland (uncredited)
Himself (uncredited)
Nude Dancer - Prologue (uncredited)
Mack Robinson ...
Himself - Second, After Owens (uncredited)
Himself - 10000 Metres, FIN (uncredited)
Julius Schaub ...
Himself - Spectator, with Glasses, Behind Hitler (uncredited)
Himself - Marathon, Japan (uncredited)
Julius Streicher ...
Himself - Spectator (uncredited)
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)
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)

Directed by

Leni Riefenstahl

Written by

Leni Riefenstahl ... (writer)

Produced by

Leni Riefenstahl ... producer

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

Editorial Department

Erna Peters ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Management

Walter Traut ... production manager (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Luggi Waldleitner ... assistant camera
Georg Fleischmann ... camera operator (uncredited)


Pierre de Coubertin ... dedicatee (as Baron Pierre de Coubertin)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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. Written by Fiona Kelleghan

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Also Known As
  • Olympia - Fest der Völker - Erster Film von den Olympischen Spielen Berlin 1936 (Germany)
  • Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (World-wide, English title)
  • The Olympiad (United States)
  • Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (United States)
  • Olympia: The Film of the XI. Olympic Games Berlin, 1936 (United Kingdom)
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  • 121 min
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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 »
Movie Connections Edited into The Negro Soldier (1944). See more »
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