Screened with the kind permission of the IOC
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.
Director Leni Riefenstahl
Screenplay Leni Riefenstahl
Photography Willy Zielke
Music Herbert Windt
Source International Olympic Committee