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The 1912 Summer Olympics (2017)

Sweden 170m, B&W, Silent
Director: Adrian Wood

This is an episodic styled film that chronologically documents the 1912 Stockholm summer Olympics. Originally shot as a series of short films by Svensk-Amerikanska Filmkompaniet, it had long been mistaken as simple historical footage. The re-editing of the films into a single production, from various archival sources, is a glorious recreation of the fifth modern Olympiad. Playing a central role in the film, King Gustaf V of Sweden tirelessly hands out a seemingly never-ending number of medals, wreaths and trophies to athletes whose names and faces were mostly long forgotten. Beautifully restored, this is a remarkable historical document that is surprisingly captivating and beautifully shot (Klaus Ming January 2018).


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