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Germany sports 1939 bw 200 min.
Director: Leni Riefenstahl
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2 discs, catalog # CC1489L

Controversial director Leni Riefenstahl, whose Triumph of the Will chronicled the infamous Nuremberg Rally, was commissioned by the Olympia Committee to document the 1936 Berlin Olympiad. Released in April, 1938, after 18 months of editing, Riefenstahl's impressive two-part record of the events was instantly recognized as a lyrical masterpiece of photography and sound. Nevertheless, Olympia was shunned by Hollywood--many considered it a hymn to Hitler's beliefs. Today, undimmed by the passing years, Olympia endures as a majestic celebration of the gradeur of the human body and spirit.

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