The First Torch Relay at the 1936 Berlin Olympics



I've seen "Olympia" and it is extraordinary. I believe it transformed the Olympics to "spectacle" than mere "games". She was a pretty good film maker all right. One of the best.

Alas, for her Riefenstahl it's her association with Hitler that everyone remembers.

Still check out the film. Fascinating.


An association with Hitler is hard to forget! It jumps out at you, like a rat in your underwear drawer.


Riefenstahl is perhaps THE textbook study of an unforgettably brilliant artist with unforgiveably opportunistic ambition. Talk about hooking your horse to the wrong wagon. Still, her work in Olympia stands the test of time.