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Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf
Im Deutschen Verlag, Berlin 1937 - Folio. 280, [4]pp. Original photo-illustrated dust jacket over orange cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on cover and spine. Illustrated with 273 spectacular captioned photogravures, this seminal work in the history of sports begins with the pillars of the Parthenon and ends with the stacks of film reels on Leni Riefenstahl's shelves. The photographs were taken from the author's groundbreaking film "Olympia," the first documentary feature film of the Olympic Games ever made and widely noted for its technical and aesthetic achievements. Although Josef Goebbels told Riefenstahl to ignore non-Aryan athletes, she filmed and photographed (as seen in this work) competitors of all races, including African-American Jesse Owens. Includes two photos of Hitler, one as the German team enters the stadium, the other with Reichssportführer Hans von Tschammer und Osten. The last section of the book documents the preparation of the Olympic film, showing cameras on dollies, and tracks, cranes, and swivels submerged in pits and suspended from balloons. There are underwater cameras, miniature and giant cameras, cameras on towers and boats. Foreword in German, captions in German, French, English, Spanish and Italian. Small tears on inside of dj top- and bottom edge repaired with clear tape. Staining, creasing and minor chipping on dj. Tight copy with dust jacket in overall good-, binding and interior in very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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