100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912–2012
People, Hopes, Medals
Directed by Heribert Meisel • 1960 • West Germany
This documentary of the VIII Olympic Winter Games Squaw Valley 1960, directed by Austrian sports journalist and sometime screen actor Heribert Meisel, is the first known visual record of an edition of the Winter Games in the United States. A West German-U.S. coproduction, PEOPLE, HOPES, MEDALS accentuates the novel and romantic aspects of these Games.
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The Grand Olympics
Directed by Romolo Marcellini • 1961 • Italy
THE GRAND OLYMPICS, the first Olympic film to be nominated for an Academy Award, celebrates the architecture and atmosphere of Rome while utilizing telephoto lenses to bring the action closer to the audience than ever before.
IX Olympic Winter Games, Innsbruck 1964
Directed by Theo Hörmann • 1964 • Austria
Joy and good humor pervades Theo Hörmann's documentary record of the 1964 Games in Austria. Shot in Agfacolor, it nurtures a folkloric image of Tyrol, with its quaint mountain farms and obligatory yodeling. Hörmann deploys shots from a helicopter to pres...
Directed by Kon Ichikawa • 1965 • Japan
A spectacle of magnificent proportions and remarkable intimacy, Kon Ichikawa’s TOKYO OLYMPIAD remains one of the greatest films ever made about sports. Supervising a vast team of technicians using scores of cameras, Ichikawa captured the 1964 Summer Games ...