Tokyo Olympiad (1965)

Cover of "Tokyo Olympiad - Criterion Coll...
Cover of Tokyo Olympiad – Criterion Collection

Twenty-seven years after Olympia, Japanese director Kon Ichikawa was commissioned by the International Olympic Committee to document the 1964 games with a loving CinemaScope eye, a spectacular sense of visual space, and a fondness for the lyricism of losing as well as of winning. More of an epic avant-gardism, full of abstracted details rather than athletic achievements.

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