No extant feature film made in 1912 can stand comparison with the brilliant black-and-white cinematography of this documentary. We are plunged into a sweltering Swedish summer, with athletes parading before the Swedish royal family, the King himself distributing medals and laurel wreaths to the winners, and individual sports covered with grace and humour. Legendary names appear – George S. Patton, the future general of World War II, competing in the Modern Pentathlon, or Jim Thorpe, the “All-American”, who won gold in both the Pentathlon and the Decathlon. There is excellent coverage of the Diving competition and of the Marathon, as...
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Stockholm 1912 Official Film | The Games of the V Olympiad Stockholm, 1912