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Medals for Olympic Movies
Best Olympics film? No contest. The gold goes to Leni Riefenstahl's masterful Olympia (1938). the movie that invented the visual grammar of the sports movie and eroticized athletes with its caressing closeups of rippling muscles and heroic framing of competitiors by digging trenches for the cameras, looking up worshipfully at the athletes and framing them against the infinity of the sky.