A documentary on the 1924 Olympic Game in Paris.
A documentary on the 1924 Olympic Game in Paris.
"Welcome to the Olympic games" - Old Guy,
Turns out sports were just as boring 100 years ago.... the clothes were fun to laugh at though.
🏅"[E]xtreme heat and the difficult nature of the course...caused several competitors to break down, but fortunately there were no fatal consequences."🏅
The first Olympics documentary that is feature-length and actually shot and edited at the contemporary time, and starts the tradition of the films being really really long, is Jean de Rovera's record of the 1924 Summer Games, Les jeux olympiques, Paris 1924 ["The Olympic Games in Paris 1924"]. Restored by the IOC and Criterion, here we see the Olympics held for the first time in a city twice, as Paris hosted 24 years ago at the turn of the century.
I started this Criterion Olympics box set challenge last November with the hopes of finishing the set before the 2020 Olympics. Today I have finished disc 2 of 32. At this pace I won't even finish before the rescheduled 2021 Olympic date.
When it comes to Olympics films, the major differences and distinctions between the Rudimentary Sports Docs and the Art for Sport’s Sake titles, are the peculiarities between the sport.
If you want to get a sense for a time and place and how the culture was, what better is there to watch then some old sports footage?
Look at the ill fitting suits as the athletes enter the arena. See as their equipment fails them. Watch as they make simple mistakes, emphasizing that the Olympics are the highest order of Amateur Athletics, but not always Professional Athletics. See Jean de Rovera create some of the first sports blooper reels with early slow motion (did we all have VHS blooper tapes?…
I loved the slo-mo shots of football players tripping over the ball!
This is a pretty standard film showing the events of the 1924 Olympic games. It's more simple compared to the other expressionistic kind of Olympic films of that decade, but it accomplishes what it's going for really well. I did really enjoy the use of slow-motion shots throughout the movie. This is one more 3-hour long Olympic film crossed off my list, only half a dozen more to go.
I really loved this. The score is so well done that I can see myself putting this on in the house just for the atmosphere. I loved the sequence of cross country running with a driving drum beat. After seeing it by myself I took it to my wife to watch for her enjoyment as well. I was kind of expecting a bit of a slog due to its silent nature and long runtime but the quick inter-titles and interesting visuals are quite entertaining. It was nice to see such a jump in athletic skill by everyone after the Stockholm games.
the greco-roman wrestling . . . the sensual male gymnastic display . . . the unnecessary close up of that guy massaging the rugby player's thigh . . . i see you jean . . .
The previous night I viewed the Winter Olympics counterpart from the same filmmaker (Jean de Rovera) it only made sense to see the official documentary about the 1924 Summer Olympics from Paris. As there were many more events to cover, this was almost 3 hours long. To echo was was stated in the review for The Olympic Games Held at Chamonix in 1924, who knows how many cameras they had at their disposal and I will be fair in not critiquing how not every sport was filmed as well as they do it today.
At times this did D-R-A-G. Editing and use of footage has advanced in almost 100 years but me-a sports fan in general-thought that some bits felt…
Film #4 of 100 Years of Olympic Films: 1912 - 2012
The Olympic Games in Paris 1924 starts off strong, offering a concise and well-edited look at the events and their winners - big name winners, such as Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan), as well as Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, who were the subjects of Chariots of Fire. This film basically follows the same format as The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912, but developing technology and financing gave Jean de Rovera more freedom to play around with camera angles and other film techniques. I was really digging it, until the back-to-back polo, "football", rugby and tennis coverage ruined everything. I swear to God, de Rovera made me sit there…
It's clearly no Leni Riefenstahl documentary on the Olympics. Mostly random footage from the 1925 Summer Olympics piled together. Fun watching how different they played before, and once you get used to it, how little things have really changed. Cool historic document.
About an hour into this film, we start seeing some of the track and field events and names celebrated in the film Chariots of Fire. Sadly that remains the highlight of the film for me, making me want to rewatch that film, which I haven't seen in at least ten years.
It is fascinating to see the progression from 1912 to 1924, sport clearly made great strides in this era, but ultimately this just isn't a very good film because it is repetitive, poorly paced, and its best techniques are not used very well. Like the Winter Olympics film that preceded this, there is some excellent use of slow motion, but here…