Olympia

Olympia

Directed by Leni Riefenstahl • 1938 • Germany

More has been written about Leni Riefenstahl's OLYMPIA than about any other sports documentary in history. Starting with a long and lyrical overture, evoking the origins of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece, Riefenstahl covers twenty-one athletic events in FESTIVAL OF THE NATIONS, culminating with the marathon. Despite the film's fascist origins, OLYMPIA has achieved a certain respectability and endures as a monument of cinema, and of a malevolent ideology.

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Olympia
  • Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations

    Directed by Leni Riefenstahl • 1938 • Germany

    More has been written about Leni Riefenstahl's OLYMPIA than about any other sports documentary in history. Starting with a long and lyrical overture, evoking the origins of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece, Riefenstahl covers twenty-one athletic e...

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  • Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty

    Directed by Leni Riefenstahl • 1938 • Germany

    More has been written about Leni Riefenstahl's OLYMPIA than about any other sports documentary in history. In part two of OLYMPIA, the cameras leave the main stadium and venture into the many halls and fields deployed for such sports as fencing, polo...

  • Peter Cowie on OLYMPIA