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The Olympic Summer (1993)

Der olympische Sommer (original title)
In 1936 Nazi Germany, a young,innocent apprentice, full of Olympic fever, leaves his rural village to see the ceremonies in Berlin. Upon arriving in the capitol, he meets a widow and a ... See full summary »

Director:

Gordian Maugg

Writers:

Gordian Maugg, Günther Rücker (novel)
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Credited cast:
Susanne Binninger Susanne Binninger
Jost Gerstein Jost Gerstein ... Apprentice
Marcus Hambsch Marcus Hambsch ... SS Officer
Joachim John Joachim John
Uwe Juppe Uwe Juppe
Klaus Kirchner Klaus Kirchner
Daniela Kirsch Daniela Kirsch
Chris Krikellis Chris Krikellis ... Prisoner
Helga Kröger Helga Kröger
Christof Liers Christof Liers ... Prisoner
Uwe Mauch Uwe Mauch ... Student
Johanna Maugg Johanna Maugg
Verena Plangger Verena Plangger ... Widow
Christoph Rapp Christoph Rapp ... SA Man
Otto Ruck Otto Ruck ... Butcher
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In 1936 Nazi Germany, a young,innocent apprentice, full of Olympic fever, leaves his rural village to see the ceremonies in Berlin. Upon arriving in the capitol, he meets a widow and a relationship blossoms. They spend an idyllic summer at her lakeside home, but the forces of totalitarianism cannot be held at bay and soon invade their lives. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Drama | History | Sport | War

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

September 1993 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

The Olympic Summer See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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VISUALLY REWARDING, BUT VERY ESTRANGING
13 May 1999 | by J. SteedSee all my reviews

In every article on this film it is pointed out that a hand driven 1927 camera was used for shooting; by this director Maugg wanted to create real authenticity. I wonder wether the use of film material and developments techniques are not also of influence. Besides, the story starts in 1936, when different film techniques were used; so, which authenticity was Maugg aiming at?

During shooting different speeds (ips) were used as seen appropriate for the atmosphere of the story; the screened image is speeded up, slowed down or halted. Documentary film material of the time was used to complete the atmosphere and the mixing of this with the narrative material is superbly done, as is the editing in general. The result is beautiful, visually rewarding and poetic b&w cinematography, that is at the same time too estranging to get really involved with the story as told by the voice-over. The technical achievement is too prominent. However, certainly worth a concentrated look.


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