Leni RIEFENSTAHL Olympia Part 2: The Festival of Beauty


Second part of the two-part Olympia, an official documentary of the Berlin summer Olympics held in Nazi Germany in 1936. It mainly portrays the athletes relaxing at the Olympic village and the swimming events, and like Part 1: Festival of Nations, the power of its cinematic art is evidence of a cutting-edge production system and immense budget. Pursuing her own aesthetic vision, director Leni Riefenstahl actively engaged in negative-positive reversal, reuse of the same footage, and re-shooting of events. This seemingly simple and straightforward documentary conceals still-relevant questions about how such spectacles are produced, how lasting images are conveyed to viewers, and how they become part of history.


  • Born 1902 in Berlin, Germany
  • Died 2003 in Pöcking, Germany
  • Photo by urcameras (CC PDM 1.0)

Leni Riefenstahl was a German filmmaker and photographer. After a period as an actress, during which she appeared in films by Arnold Fanck, pioneer of alpine filmmaking, she became a filmmaker herself. For her Triumph of the Will (1935), a documentary of a 1934 Nazi Party rally, and Olympia Part 1: Festival of Nationsand Olympia Part 2: The Festival of Beauty (both 1938), documenting the 1936 Berlin Olympics, she was criticized for the rest of her life as a propagandist for the Nazi regime. After World War II, she repeatedly asserted that what she pursued in these works was art and beauty, and not propaganda, and until her death she did not believe she had any responsibility for the war.

Selected Works & Awards

2002 Impressions of the Deep
1954 Tiefland
1935 Triumph of the Will
1933 Victory of the Faith
1932 The Blue Light


Thu,Sep 19,16:30
Wed,Sep 25,18:15


Aichi Arts Center Art Space A (12F)


Aichi Arts Center 12F
1-13-2 Higashisakura,Higashi-ku, Nagoya
461-8525 JAPAN


・5 minutes on foot from Sakae Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line or Meijo Subway Line.
・5 minutes on foot from Sakae-Machi Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line.