Hitler's Games - Berlin 1936

Roche Productions   |   France

Summer 1936. Berlin Olympic Games gave the world the image of a sporting, peaceful, regenerated Germany. For two weeks, the Games seemed to have stopped time and removed violence and fear. Or how Adolf Hitler became, thanks to sport, the peaceful guest of countries he was preparing total war against. Jerome Prieur's film accurately tells of the vast propaganda operation that started as of 1933. For the first time, only with the use of official news, and pictures taken from Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl and also from numerous unreleased amateur films, we are made to see the preparation, orchestration and staging of a performance which dealt with politics far more than with sport and we are made to realise how the 1936 Games were a game with appearances.