100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912–2012 [Criterion] (DVD)

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Synopsis

43-Disc Set

 

 

Spanning fifty-three movies and forty-one editions of the Olympic Games, 100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912–2012 is the culmination of a monumental, award-winning archival project encompassing dozens of new restorations by the International Olympic Committee. The documentaries collected here 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 world records on the track in 1936 Berlin, Jean-Claude Killy dominating the Grenoble slopes in 1968, Joan Benoit breaking away to win the Games’ first women’s marathon in Los Angeles in 1984. In addition to the impressive ten-feature contribution of Bud Greenspan, this stirring collective chronicle of triumph and defeat includes such documentary landmarks as Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia and Kon Ichikawa’s Tokyo Olympiad, along with captivating lesser-known works by major directors like Claude Lelouch, Carlos Saura, and Miloš Forman. It also offers a fascinating glimpse of the development of film itself, and of the technological progress that has brought viewers ever closer to the action. Traversing continents and decades, reflecting the social, cultural, and political changes that have shaped our recent history, this remarkable movie marathon showcases a hundred years of human endeavor.

 

Films included:

Stockholm 1912: The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912 (dir. Adrian Wood • 2016 •​ 170 minutes)

Chamonix 1924: The Olympic Games Held at Chamonix in 1924 (dir. Jean de Rovera • 1924 •​ 37 minutes)

Paris 1924: The Olympic Games as They Were Practiced in Ancient Greece (dir. Jean de Rovera • 1924 •​ 8 minutes), The Olympic Games in Paris 1924 (dir. Jean de Rovera • 1924 •​ 174 minutes)

St. Moritz 1928: The White Stadium (dirs. Arnold Fanck, Othmar Gurtner • 1928 •​ 124 minutes)

Amsterdam 1928: The IX Olympiad in Amsterdam (dir. unknown • 1928 • 251 minutes), The Olympic Games, Amsterdam 1928 (dir. Wilhelm Prager; supervisor Jules Perel • 1928 • 192 minutes)

Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936: Youth of the World (dir. Carl Junghans • 1936​​ • 38 minutes)

Berlin 1936: Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (dir. Leni Riefenstahl • 1938 • 127 minutes), Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (dir. Leni Riefenstahl • 1938 • 103 minutes)

St. Moritz 1948: Fight Without Hate (dir. André Michel • 1948 • 91 minutes)

London 1948: XIVth Olympiad: The Glory of Sport (dir. Castleton Knight • 1948​ • 138 minutes)

Oslo 1952: The VI Olympic Winter Games, Oslo 1952 (dir. Tancred Ibsen • 1952 •​ 103 minutes)

Helsinki 1952: Where the World Meets (dir. Hannu Leminen • 1952 • 101 minutes), Gold and Glory (dir. Hannu Leminen • 1953​ • 97 minutes), Memories of the Olympic Summer of 1952 (dir. unknown • 1954 • 50 minutes)

Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956: White Vertigo (dir. Giorgio Ferroni • 1956 •​ 96 minutes)

Melbourne/Stockholm 1956: Olympic Games, 1956 (dir. Peter Whitchurch • 1956 •​ 60 minutes), The Melbourne Rendez-vous (dir. René Lucot • 1957 ​• 106 minutes), Alain Mimoun (dir. Louis Gueguen •​ 1959 • 24 minutes), The Horse in Focus (dir. unknown •​ 1956​ • 16 minutes)

Squaw Valley 1960: People, Hopes, Medals (dir. Heribert Meisel •​ 1960 •​ 93 minutes)

Rome 1960: The Grand Olympics (dir. Romolo Marcellini •​ 1961 • 147 minutes)

Innsbruck 1964: IX Olympic Winter Games, Innsbruck 1964 (dir. Theo Hörmann •​ 1964 • 90 minutes)

Tokyo 1964: Tokyo Olympiad (dir. Kon Ichikawa • 1965 •​ 170 minutes), Sensation of the Century (prod. Taguchi Suketaro, supervisor Nobumasa Kawamoto • 1966 •​ 156 minutes)

Grenoble 1968: 13 Days in France (dirs. Claude Lelouch, François Reichenbach •​ 1968 • 112 minutes), Snows of Grenoble (dirs. Jacques Ertaud, Jean-Jacques Languepin •​ 1968 ​• 97 minutes)

Mexico City 1968: The Olympics in Mexico (dir. Alberto Isaac • 1969 •​ 160 minutes)

Sapporo 1972: Sapporo Winter Olympics (dir. Masahiro Shinoda • 1972 •​ 167 minutes)

Munich 1972: Visions of Eight (dirs. Miloš Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Yuri Ozerov, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, John Schlesinger, Mai Zetterling • 1973​ • 110 minutes)

Innsbruck 1976: White Rock (dir. Tony Maylam • 1977 •​ 77 minutes)

Montreal 1976: Games of the XXI Olympiad (dirs. Jean-Claude Labrecque, Jean Beaudin, Marcel Carrière, Georges Dufaux • 1977 •​ 118 minutes)

Lake Placid 1980: Olympic Spirit (dirs. Drummond Challis, Tony Maylam • 1980 •​ 27 minutes)

Moscow 1980: O Sport, You Are Peace! (dir. Yuri Ozerov • 1981 ​• 149 minutes)

Sarajevo 1984: A Turning Point (dir. Kim Takal • 1984 • 82 minutes)

Los Angeles 1984: 16 Days of Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan • 1986 • 284 minutes)

Calgary 1988: Calgary ’88: 16 Days of Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan • 1989​ • 202 minutes)

Seoul 1988: Seoul 1988 (dir. Lee Kwang-soo • 1989​ • 139 minutes), Hand in Hand (dir. Im Kwon-taek • 1989​ • 119 minutes), Beyond All Barriers (dir. Lee Ji-won • 1989​ • 92 minutes)

Albertville 1992: One Light, One World (dirs. Joe Jay Jalbert, R. Douglas Copsey •​ 1992 • 104 minutes)

Barcelona 1992: Marathon (dir. Carlos Saura dir. Carlos Saura •​ 1993 • 130 minutes)

Lillehammer 1994: Lillehammer ’94: 16 Days of Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan • 1994 • 209 minutes)

Atlanta 1996: Atlanta’s Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan • 1997 ​• 206 minutes)

Nagano 1998: Nagano ’98 Olympics: Stories of Honor and Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan • 1998 •​ 119 minutes), Olympic Glory (dir. Kieth Merrill • 1999 •​ 42 minutes)

Sydney 2000: Sydney 200 - Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan • 2001 •​ 117 minutes)

Salt Lake City 2002: Salt Lake City 2002 - Bud Greenspan’s Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan • 2003 •​ 119 minutes)

Athens 2004: Bud Greenspan’s Athens 2004: Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan •​ 2005 • 96 minutes)

Turin 2006: Bud Greenspan’s Torino 2006: Stories of Olympic Glory (dir. Bud Greenspan • 2007 ​• 88 minutes)

Beijing 2008: The Everlasting Flame (dir. Gu Jun • 2010 ​• 101 minutes)

Vancouver 2010: Bud Greenspan Presents Vancouver 2010: Stories of Olympic Glory (prods. Bud Greenspan, Nancy Beffa •​ 2010 • 116 minutes)

London 2012: First (dir. Caroline Rowland • 2012 •​ 109 minutes)

Product Details

  • Format: Black & White, Color, Dolby, DVD, Fullscreen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85.1
  • Number of Discs: 43
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 12/05/2017
  • Run Time: 6253 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 900

Special Features

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