Olympia 1. Teil- Fest der Volker (Festival of Nations)
Olympia 2. Teil- Fest der Schonheit (Festival of Beauty)
Directed by Leni Riefenstahl
So, I was all prepared to rant about how boring this movie is. I am a not in any way, shape, or form a sporty person. I have never watched the Olympics before or any sporting event for that matter. It is kind of weird that the first Olympics I watched were the 1936 summer Olympics, but I have done stranger things for the sake of the 1001 journey (following around a high school film teacher in order to question him about Me and My Gal comes to mind).
Anyway, I was prepared to rant until I saw the jumping competition. That was absolutely insane. The guys jumped like 1.77 meters! That wasn't even human! And the runners! Flash has nothing on Jesse Owens. I was pretty entranced. Oh, and the javelin throwing! How is that even possible???
Much as I hate Riefenstahl, I do have to admit the film making was pretty incredible. I even forgot sometimes what a hateful person she was, until a shot of Hitler cheering on the German athletes would punctuate the events. I am having Griffith flashbacks. Still, well made and pretty entertaining.
Funded by the Third Reich.
Riefenstahl could not find a US distributor because so many American anti-Nazi organizations protested it. Go USA!
The second part of the film celebrated the male body a lot. Like really a lot. Like back-off-Riefenstahl-you-are-creeping-me-out a lot.