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Olympia, Part 1: Festival of Nations (12A*)

Part of: Collective Visions season

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Director Leni Riefenstahl captures the Berlin Olympics of 1936.

The Berlin Olympics of 1936, immortalised by the controversial director Leni Riefenstahl, represents a remarkable aesthetic and technical cinematic achievement and is a reminder of the power of cinematic propaganda, in its glorification of Germany and the Aryan Athletic Body.

With lavish crew and resources she enjoyed as Hitler’s favourite filmmaker, Riefenstahl re-imagines Olympic competition as both a compelling nationalist drama and a magnificent cinematic meditation.

Tagged with: Cinema Collective Visions

Germany 1938 Leni Riefenstahl 125 min
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