Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker (Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations) (1938) - Rotten Tomatoes

Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker (Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations) (1938)

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The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Documentary , Sports & Fitness
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I went into this film being slightly wary of Nazi propaganda and there are some of those nationalistic type images of Berlin in 1936. However, in this documentary Hitler takes a back seat for the most part and the focus is instead of the games. Interestingly enough, Riefenstahl does not try and hide the success of Jesse Owens who easily blows the rest of his competition out of the water. It was almost comical to watch but is wonderful that it is documented for us to witness so many years later.

Four Star Film Fan
Four Star Film Fan

A masterpiece of filmmaking technique. Each part begins with a lengthy prologue, a lyrical wordless montage celebrating the human form. And the footage of the events themselves, although a bit repetitive at times, is for the most part filmed beautifully... a tribute to athleticism, often employing slo-mo and dramatic angles to capture bodies in motion. The film ends with a spectacular diving montage. It seems difficult to interpret the film as propoganda. It felt very even-handed to me.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

blurs the lines between documentary sports coverage, artsy body-worship, and narrative storytelling. only die hard enthusiasts need watch the entirety of both parts 1 and 2. i would recommend watching the amazing opening sequence of part one, then skipping directly to the boat races of part 2. what's striking is both the extreme formality of the large scale event, but the very loose enforcement of rules during the actual sporting events.

Joe LaRue
Joe LaRue

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