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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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Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

The title of this film, a latecomer in the famous series, pretty much says it all. With the help of the U.S. swim team, Warner Oland’s Chinese sleuth foils Nazi spies during the 1936 Berlin games. With news footage of the real Berlin Olympics.

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