Olympia

A visual study about a Nazi propaganda film documenting the Olympics games in Berlin, 1936.




Background
Olympia is a documentary Film which was filmed and directed by Lenny Rifnstahl, documents the Berlin Olympics in 1936. Rifnstahl, film director and a German photographer, known for cold, clear aesthetic in her films using the sports world sterile. The aesthetics of the film “Olympia” expresses an ideal of beauty, ideology, culture and very clear visuals of the Nazi regime that ruled at the time. The research analyse compositions, movement, photography angles and motion with the reception of visual elements nowadays.




Research
This project didactically explores different scenes of the movie which deals with various types of sports. The primary research tool will be the abstraction of the scenes, in order to examine how to minimilize a scene without reducing its strength. The study also aims to understand visual decisions made by Riefenstahl, which still influence us today. Her significant influence can still be seen in familiar scenes of video clips, commercials and movies. These comparisons stimulate the mind and makes one wonder about the correct use of aesthetics in the modern world of today. This project was processed to one video clip which is made up of 49 short videos and a book containing all the research work, from the analyse of the scenes to the comparison to the modern world.

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TAGS data visualization, analyze, abstract, 1936, sport