VISIONS OF EIGHT
Tuesday, May 10
U.S., Germany, 1973
Impressions of the 1972 Munich Olympics, with sequences by Zetterling, Miloš Forman, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch, Juri Ozerov, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, John Schlesinger
Digital. Approx. 110 min.
Impressions of the 1972 Munich Olympics, including Claude Lelouch on the losers (“his study of private humiliation in a public place almost succeeds to the point of intrusion”--Time Out), Arthur Penn’s abstract study of the pole vault, shot in slow motion by Walter Lassally, and John Schlesinger’s meditation on the marathon. Not much interested in sport, Zetterling found herself fascinated by the “isolation and obsession” of Olympic weightlifters, bringing humor and compassion to her contribution The Strongest.
“[Zetterling’s] authorial voice makes its presence known through an intense observation of the sheer size of the Olympic Games, as embodied by the bizarrely huge bodies of the weightlifters, who are in turn dwarfed by the space and mechanism of the games”
– Mariah Larsson, A Cinema of Obsession: The Life and Work of Mai Zetterling