Olympiad

24/06/1996
  |  Buy to Own: 24/06/1996
  |  190 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC

Synopsis

Leni Riefenstahl's epic two-part film about the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which eschews documentary realism in favour of a stylized tribute to Ayran athleticism. Commissioned by Goebbels, but with Riefenstahl apparently given free artistic licence, 'Olympiad' holds an ambiguous place in film history - some critics claim that its formal qualities merely strive to capture the essence of the Olympian ideal, whilst others see it as a companion piece to 'Triumph of the Will' in its promotion of Nazi ideology.

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