Olympia: The Festival of the People Poster

Release Date: 1938

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 59 min

Plot Summary
Commissioned to make a propaganda film about the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany, director Leni Riefenstahl created a celebration of the human form. This first half of her two-part film opens with a renowned introduction that compares modern Olympians to classical Greek heroes, then goes on to provide thrilling in-the-moment coverage of some of the games' most celebrated moments, including African-American athlete Jesse Owens winning a then-unprecedented four gold medals.

Cast: David Albritton, Arvo Askola, Jack Beresford, Erwin Blask, Sulo Bärlund, Ibolya Csák, Henri De Baillet-Latour, Philip Edwards

Director: Leni Riefenstahl

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Tobis Filmkunst

Keywords: 1930s, Rise, Quest, Rivalry