Olympia Part One – Festival of the Nations
1938

Olympia Part One – Festival of the Nations

Olympia Part One - Festival of the Nations (Original Title)

It was the first documentary feature film of an Olympic Games ever made. Many advanced motion picture techniques, which later became industry standards but which were groundbreaking at the time, were employed, including unusual camera angles, smash cuts, extreme close-ups and placing tracking shot rails within the bleachers. It appears on many lists of the greatest films of all time, including Time magazine's "All-Time 100 Movies."[1] Although restricted to six camera positions on the stadium field, Riefenstahl set up cameras in as many other places as she could, including in the grandstands. She attached automatic cameras to balloons, including instructions to return the film to her, and she also placed automatic cameras in boats during practice runs. Amateur photography was used to supplement that of the professionals along the course of races. Perhaps the greatest innovation seen in Olympia was the use of an underwater camera. The camera followed divers through the air, and as soon as they hit the water, the cameraman dived down with them, all the while changing focus and aperture.

2h 1min
April 21, 1938
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