100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912–2012
The Melbourne Rendez-vous
Directed by René Lucot • 1957 • France
Of the two feature endeavors made around the Games of the XVI Olympiad in 1956, THE MELBOURNE RENDEZ-VOUS, directed by René Lucot, excels. Its tone is more observant and more inquiring than that of most Olympic films. Shooting in Agfacolor, Lucot and his crew focus on the human aspect of the Melbourne Games, in a quirky manner that prefigures Kon Ichikawa's TOKYO OLYMPIAD, to be made eight years later.
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Directed by Louis Gueguen • 1959 • France
ALAIN MIMOUN, a short film made about the titular long-distance runner, is a jewel of a documentary, enhanced by a wonderfully laid-back jazz score by Alain Goraguer.
The Horse in Focus
1956 • Sweden
This short film covers the equestrian segment of the 1956 Summer Olympics.
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...