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3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  9 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia is one of the most controversial films ever made. Capitalizing on the success of Triumph of the Will, her propaganda film for the Nazi Party, Riefenstahl secured Hitler's approval for her grandiose plans to film the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The result was a work as notorious for its politics as celebrated for its aesthetic power. Taylor Downing prov ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by British Film Institute
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Apr 08, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it
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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.
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Excellent introduction to the context & content of this controversial film. New revised edition published in 2012.
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