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Calisthenics, Olympic Games, Berlin

Artist:
Leni Riefenstahl (German, 1902–2003)
Date:
1936
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
21.7 x 28.0 cm (8 9/16 x 11 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.94
Not on view
This still from Riefenstahl's epic film Olympiad deals with simultaneity. With body clocks set to tick in unison, the individual athletes move as one instrument and with the regularity of a metronome.
Inscription: Inscribed in negative on print, recto LR: "J108 [underlined] // 274"; inscribed on print, verso UL: "Picture taken during // gym-performances at // Olympic games"; stamped on print, verso UR: "ATTENTION: // ORIGINAL: PLEASE RETURN AFTER USE:"; inscribed on print, verso UC: "#274"; stamped on print, verso C: [elaborate stamp, illegible]; inscribed on print, verso LC: "Vertical"; inscribed on print, verso LR [sideways]: "PENOVIV [underlined]";
[Keith DeLellis to Waddell, April 16, 1982]; John C. Waddell

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According to JCW, this is a film still from the second movie on the 1936 Olympic Games directed by Leni Riefenstahl; it appears her book Schönheit im Olympischen Kampf (Berlin: Deutscher Verlag, 1936) as pl. 184 with the caption "Free exercise in the Stadium."
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