Riefenstahl celebrates the human body by combining the poetry of bodies in motion at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games with close-ups of athletes in the heat of competition. It includes Jesse Owen’s sprint races and Adolf Hitler looking on in amazement as Owens wins an unprecedented four Gold Medals.
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A triumph of composition & form notably the opening paen to the possibilities of the human form but throughout the interminable games which Riefenstahl endeavours to edit with as much variety & flair as possible. Avoiding a de Millian hubris in monumentalising the already mammoth, this is nevertheless a visually huge display of confidence - sporting or otherwise - and no more politicised than any subsequent games.
Very good doc, loved the tension between Hitler and German athletes. Seeing his pain and frustration was really interesting. I suppose it would have been too much to see his reaction when Jesse Owens won gold but its all amazing footage with a nice avant-garde nude men and women beginning.