Olympia 2. Teil - Fest der Schönheit (1940)





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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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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

not quite as evil or as pro-nazi as most people would suspect.... facism and racism take a far backseat, if that, to the pagentry of the games, and the unifying sportmanship and spirt of the olympics. Definitly a film ahead of its time, and proves that even Ol' Adolph can smile and enjoy a simple sports game, even if it is featuring an african american athelete

Dustin Prewitt
Dustin Prewitt

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