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Olympia (BFI Film Classics) [Paperback]

Taylor Downing

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13 Feb 2012 BFI Film Classics
Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia (1938) is one of the most controversial films ever made. Capitalising on the success of Triumph of the Will (1935), her propaganda film for the Nazi Party, Riefenstahl secured Hitler's approval for her grandiose plans to film the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The result was a work as notorious for its politics as celebrated for its aesthetic power.

This revised edition includes new material on Riefenstahl's film-making career before Olympia and her close relationship with Hitler. Taylor Downing also discusses newly-available evidence on the background to the film's production that conclusively proves that the film was directly commissioned by Hitler and funded through Goebbels's Ministry of Propaganda and not, as Riefenstahl later claimed, commissioned independently from the Nazi state by the Olympic authorities. In writing this edition, Taylor Downing has been given access to a magnificent new restoration of the original version of the film by the International Olympic Committee.

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Taylor Downing is a best-selling author and historian and an award-winning television producer. He worked at the Imperial War Museum and Thames Television and then for more than 25 years he ran the highly successful independent television production company, Flashback Television, where he produced more than 200 historical documentaries. He writes popular histories and also books about film and television. Most Amazon reviewers say his books are great reads and some reviewers say they have read them in a single sitting! His professional reviews have all been positive and one reviewer of 'Night Raid' said the book should be turned into a feature film as it would be as popular as 'The Dam Busters'. Taylor regularly gives talks at book festivals and lectures at universities which have been very popular. He can be contacted through his website www.taylordowning.com

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"...it's hard to think of what more a reader would want without straying too far from the film in hand. This is as thorough and detailed an account of a classic as you could hope for." - The Digital Fix
 
'...this is a timely updated edition of filmmaker Downing's excellent study of Leni Riefenstahl's controversial documentary about the 1936 Berlin Olympics.' - P.D. Smith, The Guardian
 
'Taylor Downing's passion for history, his knowledge of film and its pedigree and his empathy for the Olympic Games are all apparent in this very clear, concise and very readable account of Leni Reifenstahl's classic film...I can't recommend this outstanding piece of historical analysis and thoughtful judgement of a film-maker enough.' - Stewart Binns, Archive Zone

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A study of one of the most controversial films ever made, Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia, incorporating discussion of new material related to the film and new archival information about its development

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