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100 Years of Olympic Films

Spine #900

Dec 5, 2017

Number of Discs: 43

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • 1.37:1 Standard
  • English DTS-HD 5.1 Surround
  • English subtitles

100 Years of Olympic Films

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Directed By: Yuri Ozerov, Louis Gueguen, Lee Kwang-soo, Lee Ji-won, Kim Takal, Kieth Merrill, Joe Jay Jalbert, Jean-Jacques Languepin, Jean-Claude Labrecque, Jean de Rovera, Jean Beaudin, Mai Zetterling, Marcel Carrière, Michael Pfleghar, Wilhelm Prager, Tony Maylam, Theo Hörmann, Tancred Ibsen, Romolo Marcellini, René Lucot, R. Douglas Copsey, Peter Whitchurch, Othmar Gurtner, Nancy Beffa, Jacques Ertaud, Im Kwon-taek, Arthur Penn, André Michel, Alberto Isaac, Adrian Wood, Leni Riefenstahl, Arnold Fanck, Carlos Saura, Kon Ichikawa, Milos Forman, John Schlesinger, Bud Greenspan, Carl Junghans, Caroline Rowland, Heribert Meisel, Herbert Brieger, Hannu Leminen, Gu Jun, Giorgio Ferroni, Georges Dufaux, François Reichenbach, Drummond Challis, Claude Lelouch, Castleton Knight, Masahiro Shinoda
Licensor: International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic Committee

Spanning fifty-three movies and forty-one editions of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games, this one-of-a-kind collection assembles, for the first time, a century’s worth of Olympic films—the culmination of a monumental, award-winning archival project encompassing dozens of new restorations by the International Olympic Committee. These documentaries cast a cinematic eye on some of the most iconic moments in the history of modern sports, spotlighting athletes who embody the Olympic motto of “Faster, Higher, Stronger”: Jesse Owens shattering sprinting world records on the track in 1936 Berlin, Jean Claude-Killy dominating the slopes of Grenoble in 1968, Joan Benoit breaking away to win the first-ever women’s marathon on the streets of Los Angeles in 1984. In addition to the work of Bud Greenspan, the man behind an impressive ten Olympic features, this stirring collective chronicle of triumph and defeat includes such landmarks of the documentary form as Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia and Kon Ichikawa’s Tokyo Olympiad, along with lesser-known but captivating contributions by major directors like Claude Lelouch, Carlos Saura, and Miloš Forman. It also serves as a fascinating window onto the formal development of cinema itself, as well as the technological progress that has enabled the viewer, over the years, to get ever closer to the action. Traversing continents and decades, and reflecting as well the social, cultural, and political changes that have shaped our recent history, this remarkable marathon of films offers nothing less than a panorama of a hundred years of human endeavor.

  • A lavishly illustrated, 216-page hardcover book, featuring notes on the films by cinema historian Peter Cowie; a foreword by Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee; a short history of the restoration project by restoration producer Adrian Wood; and hundreds of photographs from a century of Olympic Games


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