Arch0200: Sport in the Ancient Greek World Class 24, April 24, 2008 Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia [1936 Berlin Olympics] Opening sequence



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ARCH0200: Sport in the Ancient Greek World

Class 24, April 24, 2008
Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia [1936 Berlin Olympics]

Opening sequence
Mist… pan over weedy ruined blocks [= the Acropolis, Athens]

Parthenon; Erechtheum; Athena's olive tree [note low camera angles against the sky]

A more complete view of the Parthenon

Shots of ancient Greek statuary, seen against mist, smoke, clouds [mostly female, Aphrodite]

Myron's discobolus…

…becomes a naked, modern discus-thrower, silhouetted against the sky

Shot-putter; javelin-thrower

Waving hands; naked females playing with hula hoops [the Three Graces?]

Flames… growing excitement in the musical score… leading to a torch-holder

The torch-run begins (with clear echoes of the ancient Panathenaic torch-relay race)

In the stadium at Delphi (block with linked Olympic-ring logo)

Running along a beach… past a Greek hill-top town

Running through crowds, passing the flame from torch to torch

Running against a backdrop of maps/flags/representative cities [almost all of them later overrun by Nazi Germany in World War II]

To Germany… Nazi flag… into the Olympic Stadium in Berlin

A chiming bell, embossed with the Nazi double-eagle grasping the interlocking Olympic rings

Crowd noise in the stadium… massed Nazi salutes, raising of flags

The Parade begins

First view of Adolph Hitler, saluted by the athletes and by the crowd

The march-by of nations. [Which nationalities salute, and which do not?]

Hitler declares the Games open

The Olympic logo seen against the sky



Introductions to the Games, in multiple languages


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