100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912–2012
The Olympic Games in Paris 1924
Directed by Jean de Rovera • 1924 • France
THE OLYMPIC GAMES IN PARIS, 1924 provides exhaustive and engrossing coverage of all the main sports on view. The exploits of Johnny Weissmuller (USA) and Paavo Nurmi (Finland) in Paris turned them into international sports heroes, and the coverage of the tennis tournament includes footage of such legendary players as Jean Borotra (France), René Lacoste (France), and Helen Wills (USA).
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The White Stadium
Directed by Arnold Fanck and Othmar Gurtner • 1928 • Switzerland
THE WHITE STADIUM (Das Weisse Stadion), the film of the II Olympic Winter Games St. Moritz 1928 in Switzerland, holds particular interest because it was directed by Arnold Fanck, a geologist turned filmmaker known for his sumptuous...
The IX Olympiad in Amsterdam
1928 • Italy
Made by Istituto Luce, the Italian film company controlled by Benito Mussolini since 1925, THE IX OLYMPIAD IN AMSTERDAM may, understandably, highlight Italian participants, but it is the first Olympic documentary that describes the techniques of certain events with useful particulars
The Olympic Games, Amsterdam 1928
Directed by Wilhelm Prager and Jules Perel • 1928 • Netherlands
Though shorter than the Italian film covering the same 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, the intimacy on display in this Dutch film is more rewarding and less perfunctory.