Olympia: Part 1--Festival of the Nations, Capital READ Documentary

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Leni Riefenstahl directed and produced a two-part documentary of the 1936 Olympics, commissioned by Hitler. Considered one of the best sports films ever made as well as one of the best propaganda films, "Olympia" introduced film techniques still used today. The film premiered in 1938 for Hitler's 49th birthday. Riefenstahl's sophisticated film techniques changed the way sport was shown on screen. Festival of the Nations celebrates the human body in movement and includes Jesse Owen's celebrated races.Part 1 will be shown as a Capital READ program.