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In this new edition Taylor Downing provides an indispensible guide to one of the most controversial films ever made, Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia. Incorporating discussion of new material and new archival information about its development, Downing also gives a film-maker's insights into the logistical and technical problems faced by the production.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by British Film Institute (first published January 1st 1993)
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Gives a great explanation as to why this film was so impressive for its time. Everything from the technical advances (new types of cameras were created just for this project) to the historical context (Riefenstahl was able to have creative control due to her being respected by Hitler). It also sheds light on Riefenstahl's involvement in the Nazi party, and why this particular film shouldn't be dismissed as propaganda.
P.D. Smith
Excellent introduction to the context & content of this controversial film. New revised edition published in 2012.
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