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Leni Riefenstahl

Olympia 2. Teil - Fest der Schönheit (Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty)

3de Internationaal Filmgebeuren Gent 90' - 1938 - Documentary, Sport - Dialogue: German
Director: Leni Riefenstahl Composer: Herbert Windt, Walter Gronostay With: Sheigo Arai, Jack Beresford, Ralf Berzsenyi
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.

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Credits

Director

Leni Riefenstahl

Composer

Herbert Windt, Walter Gronostay

With

Sheigo Arai, Jack Beresford, Ralf Berzsenyi

Scenario

Leni Riefenstahl

More information

Dialogue

German

Countries of production

Germany

Year

1938

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