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Olympia 2. Teil - Fest der Schönheit (1938)

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

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Leni Riefenstahl
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Cast

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

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Documentary | Sport

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

29 March 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Olymp II See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Featured in The Goebbels Experiment (2005) See more »

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Template for other documentaries, yet much more beautiful.
19 January 2002 | by ZepheusSee all my reviews

I watched this film in my International Cinema class, and it was quite interesting. The movie starts out rather oddly, with naked bathing men and about 8 dialogue-free minutes of various people working out. The best part of this film (for me) is near the end. It was the men's high-dive section. Leni set the camera up under the divers and, as they fall, they look as if they're flying. The viewer loses almost all sense of which way is down as they watch the diver tumbling/soaring through the air.

Another enjoyable part is the horse-riding section, which plays out similar to an ESPN blooper reel, with riders falling from their horses on difficult jumps. But in this film, it's much more gorgeous through the help of slow motion and fairly tight framing.

All in all, a well crafted documentary.


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