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OLYMPIA I + II

OLYMPIA I + II
Scene from "Olympia" (photo courtesy of Atlas International)

This documentary on the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by famous director Leni Riefenstahl, is the first film ever made on the biggest single sporting event, the Olympic summer games. Apart from Russia and Spain, almost everyone went to Berlin: a total of 4,594 athletes, representing 52 nations. But while the Olympics were one big sporting event, they were also a perfect showcase for Adolf Hitler, tailor-made to give the world proof of Germany's new image.
Whatever the inevitable setting or background of this film may be, it is foremost a documentary on the fascination of sports. More than 1,200,000 spectators, of whom 150,000 were foreign visitors, watched the different events. The international success of the Olympia films - Fest der Voelker and Fest der Schoenheit - was huge.

Category Documentary
Year of Production 1936
Director Leni Riefenstahl
Screenplay Leni Riefenstahl
Cinematography Hans Ertl, Walter Frentz, Guzzi Lantscher, Kurt Neubert, Hans Scheib
Herbert Windt, Walter Gronostay
Production Company Leni Riefenstahl Produktion/Poecking
Length 205 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Dubbed Versions French, Italian
Original Version
 German, English
Festivals Moscow 2013, Muestra de Cine Europeo Ciudad de Segovia 2014

Contact
International Olympic Committee
Robert Jaquier
robert.jaquier@olympic.org