Riefenstahl captures the grace of athletes at the 1936 Berlin Olympics during field hockey, soccer, cycling, 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.
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The ending of this film is a thing of beauty as we see these divers come off from all different angles, almost immersed in the atmosphere and even the opening of this film feels so mystical to the point where it nearly transcends documentary and enters the mind of the athletes and the perception of the audience. A work of beauty that purely captures the atmosphere.
Some of the slower outdoor events here seem more suited to continuous television broadcast, and as such Part Two is less edge-of-your-seat in places. It's the 'action replay' events that are the most visually arresting and compelling - rendered in Riefenstahl's lush montages of dynamic camera work. Additionally the intro is notably voyeuristic, with our Aryan lads giving each other a good ol' nude rubdown. Sport!