WAR AND SPORT

OLYMPIA thursday
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Horaires de la séance de 16h15 à 18h30

Lieu de la séance Cinéma Comète


Réalisateur LENI RIEFENSTAHL

Pays Germany

Film length : 115 min

Language(s) : French

Genre : Documentary

OLYMPIA (1938)

Screened with the kind permission of the IOC

Synopsis

Olympia is a documentary film made in 1936 during the Berlin Olympics. Enlisted with the task was Leni Riefenstahl, film director for the Third Reich. The film is in two parts: the first, entitled, “Fest der Völke” (Festival of Nations) begins with the history of the ancient games in the City of Olympia and the traditions behind it, and describes the feats of athletics. In the second part, “Fest der Schönheit” (Festival of Beauty), Riefenstahl places particular emphasis on the human muscles.

The film was screened on the day of Hitler’s birthday, 20 May 1938.

Olympia is a multi-faceted film, which can be considered both a propaganda film and a sports documentary, not to mention a true artistic masterpiece.

“If you are an idealist, you will see idealism therein; if you are a classicist, you will see an ode to classicism; if you are a Nazi, you will see Nazism.” — Jonas Mekas, 1974


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TECHNICAL DATA


Director Leni Riefenstahl
Screenplay Leni Riefenstahl
Photography Willy Zielke
Music Herbert Windt
Source International Olympic Committee

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