CastWilma Rudolph WriterNicolo Ferrari, Daniele G. Luisi, Romolo Marcellini Release dateMay 26, 1961 (1961-05-26) NominationsAcademy Award for Best Documentary Feature Similar moviesTokyo Olympiad (1965)
The Grand Olympics (Italian: La grande olimpiade) is a 1961 Italian documentary film, directed by Romolo Marcellini, made in 1961. It was nominated as Best Documentary Feature at 34th Academy Awards in 1961.
142 minutes of the film speak of events and athletes that have characterized the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. From the absolute protagonist Wilma Rudolph, called the black gazelle, to Livio Berruti, the first white to win the 200 meters, to the deeds of Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila, who won the marathon racing barefoot.
Other Official Films of the Olympic Games
Olympia (1938), directed by Leni Riefenstahl about Berlin 1936
Tokyo Olympiad (1965), directed by Kon Ichikawa about Tokyo 1964
16 Days of Glory (1986), directed by Bud Greenspan about Los Angeles 1984