Cannes Classics is returning to the Olympic Games held in Munich in 1972, with a restored copy of Visions of Eight, the famous documentary that was filmed during the Games by eight major film makers.
It was in 1973, almost a year after the Munich Olympics, that the Festival de Cannes screened Visions of Eight in a world preview. The images of the hostage taking and the assassination of eleven Israeli athletes by a group of Palestinian terrorists during the games were still fresh in the minds of some 850 million television viewers around the world.
It was in this particular context that eight famous directors, including Milos Forman and Claude Lelouch, had chosen to position their cameras close to the athletes involved in the Games. The idea was to take a step back from the purely athletic treatment of the event and to blank out its political context, marked by this bloody news story, in order to present eight different points of view on the athletic spirit itself.
Milos Forman, for example, chose to focus on the decathletes, Claude Lelouch on the losers, and Michael Pfleghar on the women. Selected Out of Competition, the documentary is a tribute to the very essence of the Olympic Games. The film met with widespread critical acclaim. Today it is presented in a restored 4K digital copy (Motion Picture Imaging, Burbank & Audio Mechanics).
Friday 17 May / Salle Buñuel / 4 pm.