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Leni RIEFENSTAHL
Schönheit im olympischen Kampf. With ca. 300, whereof 3 double-paged and 77 full-paged photogravüre reproductions
Leni RIEFENSTAHL: Schönheit im olympischen Kampf [The Beauty of Olympic Fighting]. With ca. 300, whereof 3 double-paged and 77 full-paged photogravüre reproductions. Cover design by Fritz Helmuth Ehmcke. Berlin: Deutscher Verlag 1937. 4to. P. [1-8], p. 9-280, [3] p. Original aubum-coloured publisher's cloth cover with gilt embossed title on front cover and spine, original publisher's multi-coloured photographically illustrated dust jacket on white stock and original slipcase. 1st edition of Leni Riefenstahl's groundbreaking photo-book, this copy completely equipped with all features of the original delivery, thus with publisher's dust wrapper and slipcase, only lacking the glassine cover initially wrapped around the dust jacket. The book contains reproductions of around 300 superb photographies and film stills made by different operators and photographers as part of Riefenstahl's crew for the propaganda motion picture »Olympia« (1938), an epoque-making sports documentary. All of the illustrations are skillfully printed in photogravure on thick quality paper, and thus showing the luscious grayscales of the original material in striking quality. Despite ideological pressure by Goebbels, whose goal was to show the Olympic athlete as Aryan „Übermensch", and despite Riefenstahls' own commitment as a film-maker to Nazi-propaganda (»Reichsparteitagstrilogie« (1933-35), she choose a more progressive aesthetic approach for »Olympia« and allowed herself to include pictures of e.g. Afro-American sprinter and long jumper Jesse Owens, the most successful athlete of the Berlin g … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Domenico Jacono - VdAÖ / ILAB [Vienna, Austria]
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