Seven Original Film Reels (8mm + 16mm) from the 1936 Olympic Summer + 1936 Olympic Winter Games (Five of the 8mm reels from Leni Riefenstahl's film Olympia)

Price: 6,500.00 USD

Berlin: Tobis (Degeto Kulturfilm G.m.b.H., Schmalfilm-Abteilung), n/d. Seven original films of the 1936 Olympic Games of Berlin and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 8mm Riefenstahl reels: I/1: Military Olympia 1936 (Equestrian / Military). I/2: Frauenturnen Olympia 1936 (Women's Gymnastics). I/3: Turmspringen Olympia 1936 (Platform Diving). II/3: Unsterbliches Marathon (Marathon). 8mm reels accompanied by a folded text insert (in German) with a summary of the contents. All titles from part 2 "Fest der Schönheit," except Unsterbliches Marathon, which is from "Fest der Völker." Titles of the other reels (not by Riefenstahl), 16 mm: I/22: Meister der Faust (Boxing). I/23: Kunst des Eislaufs (Figure Skating). 8 mm: III/3: Stabhochsprung (Pole Vault). Tobis-Degeto released these individual reels as part of a much larger series in 8 and 16mm to the public after the initial success of "Fest der Völker," and the release of "Fest der Schönheit." All 7 reels resting in golden cardboard sleeve with titles in German printed on spine, housed in original red cardboard slipcase. Some age wear, slight tearing to parts of edges, minor abrasions on slipcases. Rubbing to edges of sleeves. Slipcases and sleeves in overall good, reels with actual film in very good condition. A fascinating piece of Olympic history. Extremely rare. Olympia is a groundbreaking, award-winning 1938 film by Leni Riefenstahl, documenting the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. The film was produced in two parts: Olympia 1. Teil (Part 1): Fest der Völker (Festival of Peoples), and Olympia 2. Teil (Part 2): Fest der Schönheit (Festival of Beauty). It won awards at the Venice International Film Festival (1938), Lausanne International Film Festival (1948), as well as the National Film Prize (1937-38) and the Olympic Gold Medal of the Comitè International Olympique (1939). It was the first documentary on the Olympic Games ever made. Riefenstahl revolutionized motion pictures and used techniques such as extreme close-ups, unusual camera angles, setting railway tracks to capture the athletes and the crowd, etc. At the time this kind of film-making was groundbreaking and virtually unknown. In 1956, despite the controversy due to its political content, Olympia was classified as one of the world's ten best films and Time magazine included it in its "All-Time 100 movies." g.

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