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Olympia

Olympia    Olympia: The Complete Original Version [DVD] (1938) DVD
Commissioned by the Nazi government to film the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, documentarian Leni Riefenstahl fashioned a mesmerizing tribute to athletic grace and beauty, while juxtaposing the Olympian spirit of Ancient Greece to "the ideals of National Socialism." Part one, "Festival of the Nations," features the opening ceremonies, marathon, track, and more; part two, "Festival of Beauty" covers soccer, swimming and equestrian events, plus the Decathlon, the closing ceremonies, and more. 3 1/2 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtracks: German Dolby Digital stereo, English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English; deleted scenes; alternate scenes; documentaries; photo gallery; more. In German with English subtitles/Dubbed in English.

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Olympia - Awards

National Film Prize (1937-1938)
Venice International Film Festival (1938) — Coppa Mussolini (Best Film)
Swedish Polar Prize (1938)
Greek Sports Prize (1938)
Olympic Gold Medal of the Comité International Olympique (1939)
Lausanne International Film Festival (1948) — Olympic Diploma
Leni Riefenstahl... Film Director


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Olympia: The Complete Original Version [DVD] (1938) DVD

Olympia, Parts I & II [DVD] (1938) DVD
Commissioned by the Nazi government to film the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, documentarian Leni Riefenstahl fashioned a mesmerizing tribute to athletic grace and beauty, while juxtaposing the Olympian spirit of Ancient Greece to "the ideals of National Socialism." Part one features the opening ceremonies, marathon, high dive and more; part two covers events around the stadium and Olympic village, as well as swimming, equestrian, the Pentathlon, the Decathlon, and more. 163 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biography.