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Olympia: The Leni Riefenstahl Archival Collection (1938)

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  • Actors: David Albritton, Arvo Askola, Jack Beresford, Erwin Blask, Sulo Bärlund
  • Directors: Leni Riefenstahl
  • Writers: Leni Riefenstahl
  • Producers: Leni Riefenstahl
  • Format: Black & White, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full length, Limited Edition, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: German, English, Spanish, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: Aug. 1 2006
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000FQJA2S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,363 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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This limited edition 2-disc set features the complete original version of OLYMPIA presented for the first time on DVD.Part 1: (Festival of the Nations) -Disc 1Riefenstahl shot a documentary that celebrates the human body by combining the poetry of bodies in motion with close-ups of athletes in the heat of competition. Includes Jesse Owen's sprint races at the 1936 Olympic games and Adolf Hitler looking on in amazement as Owens wins an unprecedented four Gold Medals.Part 2: (Festival of Beauty) -Disc 2Riefenstahl captures the grace of the athletes during field hockey soccer bicycling equestrian aquatic and gymnastic events. Highlights are the Pentathlon and the Decathlon which was won by American Glenn Morris; it ends with the triumphant conclusion of the games.Special Features:Two disc limited edition containing over 5 hours of material including JUGEND DER WELT ( Youth of The World ) Official Documentary of the 1936 Winter Olympics at Garmisch-Partenkirchen DIE KAMERA FAHRT MIT ( The Camera Goes Along ) 1936 Documentary by Bavaria-Filmkunst featuring footage from Leni Rifenstahl s films OLYMPIA and TRIUMPH OF THE WILL. Deleted Scenes Biography Still Gallery German and English languages with ON/OFF English subtitles Dolby 2.0 audio Essay.System Requirements:Running Time: 204 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/MISC. Rating: NR UPC: 825307915990 Manufacturer No: PH-91599

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Part I
The film opens up with a film tribute to the history of Greece and the games. We get to see the names of the nations at the time that the torch passes through as it reached Berlin. A much more realistic torch than today's is ran into the stadium with a few pauses to let everyone see just before the final dash to the Olympic torch at the stadium. It would be great to recapture this in the present day. Some of the tribute leads me to believe that our athletes are overly clothed for the sports.

Part II
By now watching Part I, "Festival of the nation" spoiled you. Again this film starts out with the ideal and surrounded by Leni's signature clouds. List is leading you to "field hockey, soccer bicycling, equestrian, aquatic and gymnastic events. Highlights are the Pentathlon and the Decathlon." Remember that some countries were still using horses in the military.

It may be unique reasons that brought you to this point such as Leni or photography, or interest in history, or, or, or. But once the action starts you feel that you are there and get lost in the "who will win what and how." Even being aware of the outcome does not prepare you to "not bite your nails" as you watch each athlete barley besting the next until it is over too soon. I noticed that instead of placing medals over the winners, they used laurel wreaths.
Any way you cut it, this movie is worth watching.
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Part I
The film opens up with a film tribute to the history of Greece and the games. We get to see the names of the nations at the time that the torch passes through as it reached Berlin. A much more realistic torch than today's is ran into the stadium with a few pauses to let everyone see just before the final dash to the Olympic torch at the stadium. It would be great to recapture this in the present day. Some of the tribute leads me to believe that our athletes are overly clothed for the sports.

Part II
By now watching Part I, "Festival of the nation" spoiled you. Again this film starts out with the ideal and surrounded by Leni's signature clouds. List is leading you to "field hockey, soccer bicycling, equestrian, aquatic and gymnastic events. Highlights are the Pentathlon and the Decathlon." Remember that some countries were still using horses in the military.

It may be unique reasons that brought you to this point such as Leni or photography, or interest in history, or, or, or. But once the action starts you feel that you are there and get lost in the "who will win what and how." Even being aware of the outcome does not prepare you to "not bite your nails" as you watch each athlete barley besting the next until it is over too soon. I noticed that instead of placing medals over the winners, they used laurel wreaths.
Any way you cut it, this movie is worth watching.
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Fairly boring. Certainly not a world class production.
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Item was as described
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