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Running in Film

1908-olympicsAs an avid runner, one of my favourite documentary films on the subject, and one of the most incredible feats of endurance, is Running the Sahara (2008), which follows the 6290 km journey by Ray Zahab, Charlie Engle, Kevin Lin. Recently, I decided to see what other films have been made about running, or have featured running as a theme. Though there are a number of biographical films on famous runners, or on historical events, there are also numerous films which feature running as part of a larger story, such as Chariots of Fire (1981), Gallipoli (1981), Run Lola Run (1998) and Forrest Gump (1994). To see what else is out there, I asked a number of my friends to recommend running movies, which became the basis for my plan to watch and review ten running movies in September (Klaus Ming (September 2013). (1) The Robber (2010), (2) Marathon Man (1976), (3) The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), (4) Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001); (5) Children of Heaven (1998); (6)  Without Limits (1998); (7) The Athlete (2009); (8) Run for your Life (2008); (9) Marathon Boy (2010); and last, but not least: (10) The Barkley Marathons: The Race that Eats Its Young (2014).


5 comments on “Running in Film

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    Interesting. I wonder if you’ll encounter that thing that happens when you know a field really well — that so many fiction films get things wrong, and sometimes there’s the one that gets everything right.

    • Klaus

      Yea, so many films that deal with sports – just don’t get it right. Boxing and hockey films are usually terribly done. With the few films which feature running that I have seen so far, are pretty good.

      • Anthony Lee Collins

        Rock band scenes in movies are the same — mostly wrong. The exception is Almost Famous, of course, which is absolutely true to life (both for bands in general and for that time period). Not a great movie (IMHO), but a great pleasure just because of the number of things that it gets right.

        I remember my mother’s hoots of laughter in Midnight in the Garden of Evil when Kevin Spacey and John Cusak examine and analyze a painting (she’s an art historian and curator).

  2. Klaus

    I just finished watching The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) – a brilliant movie that belongs on the 1001 list.

  3. Klaus

    The running sequence in Aatanarjuat is almost as remarkable as the film. Not sure why this didn’t make it to the 1001 List.

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