Directed by Leni Riefenstahl. After being commissioned by the Nazis to make a permanent film record of the Berlin Olympics, Riefenstahl made a film that celebrates the human body and human achievement using clever camerawork and editing.
Despite Jesse Owens's remarkable victories in the face of Nazi racism at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the athlete struggled to find a place for himself in a United States that was still wrestling to overcome its own deeply entrenched bias.
Streaming video. In 1936, nine boys from the University of Washington took the rowing world and a nation by storm, when their eight-oar crew team captured the gold medal at the Olympics in Berlin. The boy's victory, and the obstacles, inspired a nation struggling to emerge from the depths of the Depression.