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Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia Part I: The Festival of Nations

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126 Minutes

Directed by Leni Riefenstahl (

Produced by Leni Riefenstahl

Written by Leni Riefenstahl

Music by Herbert Windt ( &Walter Gronostay

Cinematography Paul Holzki (

Editing by Leni Riefenstahl

6:45 Movie: Cinémathèque at the Cleveland Institute of Art

Parking: free lot

Admission: $9; CIA members, $7; Age 25 & under, $6 (proof of age required)

Meet the group outside the auditorium doors before or after the movie, or look for us inside the auditorium.

9:00 Dinner/Discussion at Falafal Cafe at 11365 Euclid - about 5 minutes away.

Although the Part 2 of the film starts at 9:30, and you can see it for only another $4. The Diving Sequences in the 2cd film are extremely memorable. So it could go either way.


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Movie synopsis:

The notorious but supremely talented Leni Riefenstahl (Triumph of the Will) shot this poetic, two-part account of the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics—the greatest sports film ever made. Part 1 concentrates on the carrying of the Olympic torch and the lighting of the flame—and also on track and field events starring Cleveland’s Jesse Owens, whose four gold medals punctured Hitler’s notions of Aryan superiority.

The film was released in two parts: Olympia 1. Teil — Fest der Völker (Festival of Nations) and Olympia 2. Teil — Fest der Schönheit (Festival of Beauty). It was the first documentary feature film of the Olympic Games ever made. Many advanced motion picture techniques, which later became industry standards but which were groundbreaking at the time, were employed —including unusual camera angles, smash cuts, extreme close-ups, placing tracking shot rails within the bleachers, and the like. The techniques employed are almost universally admired, but the film is controversial due to its political context. Nevertheless, the film appears on many lists of the greatest films of all-time, including Time magazine's "All-Time 100 Movies

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