Tôkyô orimpikku (Tokyo Olympiad) (1965)
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The 18th Olympiad was the first Games event held in Asia; Tokyo had been scheduled to host in 1940, but that Olympiad was canceled because of the war. Japan was determined not only to be a good host, but also to provide a record of the games to rival that of Leni Riefenstahl's legendary Olympia. Respected filmmaker Kon Ichikawa (The Harp of Burma, Fires on the Plain) and an army of technicians recorded the games in widescreen images, the most striking occurring near the beginning of the film, as
Jan 1, 1965 Wide
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It is as welcome -- even if mainly to track and movie buffs -- as the finish line is to a marathon runner.
Though it's visually choppy, with some disruptive zooms, the 'Scope format matches the subject's scale, and Ichikawa's emphasis on shared human experience is compelling.
An epic study of athletes struggling, against their own bodies and each other, to excel. But it reaches even further, as a stirring portrait of fleeting human hopes.
By plunging us into the action, Ichikawa creates a unique intimacy between athlete and audience. Even after countless hours of watching televised sports, the effect is revelatory.
Ichikawa's 1965 documentary of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics is a document not just of an event but also of a time and place and a culture.
Tokyo Olympiad is a stunning testament - both to the Olympic athletes it focuses on, and the craft of artistic documentary filmmaking.
'Despite the unnecessary preaching of peace and brotherhood, Ichikawa truly captures a far more intimate portion of Olympic spirit than recorded anywhere else'
The torch-bearer running across the screen, as Mount Fuji fills the background, stands as one of the most profoundly moving shots in cinematic history.
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