Rent Olympia: Festival of Nations (1938)

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1h 40min
Rent Olympia: Festival of Nations (aka Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Listed in Time magazine's "All-Time 100 Movies", Leni Riefenstahl's ground-breaking documentary on the 1936 Summer Olympics is a remarkable piece of cinematic history, a technical and artistic triumph. Employing advanced filming technics which have now become industry standard for sports coverage, Riefenstahl was commissioned by the 1936 Olympic Committee to create a celebration of the human body and its movements.
Despite its acclaim, the film also attracted strong criticism for what was viewed as its promotion of Nazi ideologies towards athletic prowess and the Aryan race but regardless of its political context, the events on the track were no less awe-inspiring, not least the exploits of black-American Jesse Owens winning four gold medals as a presumably indifferent Hitler looked on.
, Arvo Askola, , Erwin Blask, Sulo Bärlund, Ibolya Csák, , , , Tilly Fleischer, , , , Ernest Harper, Karl Hein, , , Volmari Iso-Hollo, Cornelius Johnson, Matti Järvinen
Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl
Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker
Arena Visual Entertainment
Documentary, Special Interest, Sports & Sport Films
Germany, Documentary, Special Interest, Sports & Sport Films
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100 minutes
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Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W

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