OLYMPIA (1936–38)

In 1936, the summer Olympic Games were held in Berlin. The National Socialist government exploited the occasion to present itself as cosmopolitan and tolerant.
Leni Riefenstahl was given the commission of documenting the games on film. Her imagery drew its strength and dynamic force primarily from the stylistic elements of modern photography and montage developed in the 1920s. Her two-part film OLYMPIA celebrated the beauty of the athletic body. To this day it remains a masterpiece of the art of staged documentary film.
Two years before the Olympic Games, Leni Riefenstahl had idealized a National Socialist party conference in Nuremberg, portraying it as a TRIUMPH DES WILLENS.

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