Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations

Leni Riefenstahl Germany, 1938

More has been written about Leni Riefenstahl’s OLYMPIA than about any other sports documentary in history. Starting with a long and lyrical overture—evoking the origins of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece—Riefenstahl covers twenty-one athletic events in FESTIVAL OF THE NATIONS, culminating with the marathon. Despite the film's fascist origins, OLYMPIA has achieved a certain respectability and endures as a monument of cinema— and of a malevolent ideology.


  • 127 min
  • B&W
  • 1.37:1


  • DCP
  • Blu-ray
  • DVD

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