Friday Dec. 11th 2009

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1972 Olympics (Weightlifting)

Fern sent me an email recently titled “Semi Bizarre O-Lifting Movie”. Unfortunately because it’s a YouTube channel and not a regular video, I can’t embed it so you’ll have to click the link above. I watched it yesterday morning and for 7 minutes and 53 seconds I found myself oddly captivated. Later Fern sent me an interesting follow up to the video:

I learned a bit more about this film.

This was the last year that the Clean & Press was contested at the Olympics (3 lift total). Since then it has only been C&J and Snatch, plus a rearrangement of the weight categories. So this1972 Olympics was really the last great showing of the classic BIG MEN, eg. Alexyev.

I didn’t know, but since the 1930s as part of the Olympic bid process the host has to produce a documentary of the whole event. This video is part of the last of these documentaries that was produced by legitimate film-makers outside the IOC sphere. The weightlifting segment is one of 7 or 8 segments on different aspects of the games, each made by a different director, and the only one produced by a woman. Milos Forman (One Flew over the cuckoos nest, Unbearable Lightness of Being, Man on the Moon) directed another segment.

All the Olympic directories produced after 1972 have been done by the same guy.

The guy running backwards is crazy to me, given my recent experience in that movement….