18 December 2011
21 March 2011

Olympia is a 1938 film by Leni Riefenstahl documenting the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. The movie was produced in two parts: Olympia 1. Teil — Fest der Völker (Festival of Nations) and Olympia 2. Teil — Fest der Schönheit (Festival of Beauty). It was the first documentary feature film on the Olympic Games ever made. Many advanced motion picture techniques, which later became industry standards but which were groundbreaking at the time, were employed, including unusual camera angles, smash cuts, extreme close-ups, setting the railway tracks on the stadium to shoot the crowd and the like. The techniques employed are almost universally admired, but the film is controversial due to its political context. Nevertheless, the film appears on many lists of the greatest films of all-time, including Time magazine's "All-Time 100 Movies."

Olympia set the precedent for future films documenting and glorifying the Olympic Games, particularly the Summer Games. The "Olympic Torch Run", now revered as a seemingly-ancient tradition, was devised by the German sports official Dr. Carl Diem for these 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Riefenstahl later staged the torch relay for this film, as with competitive events of the Games.

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13 December 2011

 

Martial law in Poland (Polish: Stan wojenny w Polsce, "the state of war") refers to the period of time from December 13, 1981 to July 22, 1983, when the authoritarian government of the People's Republic of Poland drastically restricted normal life by introducing martial law in an attempt to crush political opposition to it. Thousands of opposition activists were interned without charge and as many as 100 people were killed.  Although martial law was lifted in 1983, many of the political prisoners were not released until the general amnesty in 1986...

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21 March 2011

Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens) is a propaganda film made by Leni Riefenstahl. It chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg (the Nuremberg Rally was attended by Nazi supporters to promote the Nazi political party), which was attended by more than 700,000 Nazi supporters. The film contains excerpts from speeches given by various Nazi leaders at the Congress, including portions of speeches by Adolf Hitler, interspersed with footage of massed party members. Hitler commissioned the film and served as an unofficial executive producer; his name appears in the opening titles. The overriding theme of the film is the return of Germany as a great power, with Hitler as the True German Leader who will bring glory to the nation.

 

Triumph of the Will was released in 1935 and rapidly became one of the best-known examples of propaganda in film history. Riefenstahl's techniques, such as moving cameras, the use of long focus lenses to create a distorted perspective, aerial photography, and revolutionary approach to the use of music and cinematography, have earned Triumph recognition as one of the greatest films in history. Riefenstahl won several awards, not only in Germany but also in the United States, France, Sweden, and other countries. The film was popular in the Third Reich and elsewhere, and has continued to influence movies, documentaries, and commercials to this day.

 

The screenplay by Leni Riefenstahl can be found here:

http://www.dasblauelicht.net/triumph_des_willens3.htm

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13 December 2011

discovered those hd films on youtube last night and they just brought back memories of my pj european tours in 2009 and 2010.. here are a few more samples of what it was like..:)

 

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21 March 2011

'Look this way. Now smile.' These orders, addressed to Adolf Hitler, came from Leni Riefenstahl, whose marble-smooth complexion, gray eyes, copper-colored hair, and trim figure make her one of the loveliest women in Germany. Since the death of President von Hindenburg removed Hitler's official boss, the lovely Leni is the only person of either sex who presumes to dictate in public to the dictator. To no other woman has the ascetic Reich Leader shown such public admiration... She owes her friendship with Herr Hitler to her skill as a producer and director as well as her personal attractiveness.

"'Look this way.  Now smile.'  These orders, addressed to Adolf Hitler, came from Leni Riefenstahl, whose marble-smooth complexion, gray eyes, copper-colored hair, and trim figure make her one of the loveliest women in Germany.""'Look this way. Now smile.' These orders, addressed to Adolf Hitler, came from Leni Riefenstahl, whose marble-smooth complexion, gray eyes, copper-colored hair, and trim figure make her one of the loveliest women in Germany.""'Look this way.  Now smile.'  These orders, addressed to Adolf Hitler, came from Leni Riefenstahl, whose marble-smooth complexion, gray eyes, copper-colored hair, and trim figure make her one of the loveliest women in Germany."

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13 December 2011
21 March 2011

so as i promised the update on the next movie is done.. ALREADY DONE.. huh:) i'll write more a bit later..

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDazSUA3y8A&playnext=1&list=PL641BDCB4E8D67B3E

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05 December 2011