100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912–2012
Hand in Hand
Directed by Im Kwon-taek • 1989 • South Korea
Director Im Kwon-taek roots his idiosyncratic Olympic documentary, HAND IN HAND, in the past, with opening shots of the barbed wire dividing South from North Korea and an Australian veteran recalling the conflict of the early fifties. Im brings a true auteur's sensibility to his documentary. He heightens certain sounds, such as the crash of swimmers entering the water or the thump of a diving platform. The cheers of the crowds are subservient to the music, but, when ushered in by Im, the applause is all the more energizing, like the thunder of waves on the shore.
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Beyond All Barriers
Directed by Lee Ji-won • 1989 • South Korea
BEYOND ALL BARRIERS is another feature-length record of the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. Made by Lee Ji-won, it boasts a superb color palette and depicts the Opening Ceremony for more than fifty minutes in terms that are visually resplendent.
One Light, One World
Directed by Joe Jay Jalbert and R. Douglas Copsey • 1992 • United States
For the XVI Olympic Winter Games Albertville 1992, sports documentarists Joe Jay Jalbert and R. Douglas Copsey were assigned to make the official chronicle. The resulting film, ONE LIGHT, ONE WORLD compensates for its rough...
Directed by Carlos Saura • 1993 • Spain
Carlos Saura's film of the Games of the XXV Olympiad Barcelona 1992 brings a visual flair and humanism that paid excellent tribute to the Games and to the Catalan capital. The title event, the men's marathon, was chosen both as symbol and leitmotif, in par...