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Music director  Henry Mancini
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary, Sport
Country  United States
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Director  Milos Forman Claude Lelouch Yuri Ozerov Mai Zetterling Kon Ichikawa John Schlesinger Arthur Penn Michael Pfleghar
Writer  David Hughes, Deliara Ozerowa, Shuntaro Tanikawa
Release date  August 10, 1973 (1973-08-10)
Initial release  August 10, 1973 (New York City)
Directors  Milos Forman, Arthur Penn, Kon Ichikawa
Screenplay  Shuntaro Tanikawa, David Hughes, Deliara Ozerowa
Awards  Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary Film
Similar movies  Munich, Unbroken, Without Limits, Asterix at the Olympic Games, Cool Runnings, Playing for Keeps
Tagline  Eight Directors Capture What The Naked Eye Cannot See...

Visions of Eight is a 1973 American documentary film, produced by Stan Margulies and executive produced by David L. Wolper, offering a stylized look at the 1972 Summer Olympics, directed by eight different directors. It was screened out-of-competition at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. It was later shown as part of the Cannes Classics section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Some visuals of the Munich stadium from the documentary were used in Without Limits.


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Wolper asked eight directors to select their own crews and create a segment which would capture some aspect of the Munich Games.

Visions of Eight Movie Review 1973 Roger Ebert

  • Miloš Forman directed The Decathlon
  • Kon Ichikawa directed The Fastest
  • Claude Lelouch directed The Losers
  • Yuri Ozerov directed The Beginning
  • Arthur Penn directed The Highest
  • Michael Pfleghar directed The Women
  • John Schlesinger directed The Longest
  • Mai Zetterling directed The Strongest
  • Production

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    Alan Hume shot the segment The Fastest for director Kon Ichikawa. Arthur Wooster shot The Longest for director John Schlesinger, and Walter Lassally directed the photography for Arthur Penn's segment The Highest.


    Visions of Eight The Decathlon Milo Forman

    Visions of Eight won the best documentary award at the Golden Globe Awards, held in 1974 for films which were released in 1973.

    Visions of Eight The Decathlon Milo Forman

    Peter Rainer of Bloomberg News Service noted that only Schlesinger bothered to be aware of the terrorist tragedy at the Munich Games. "Schlesinger’s is the only segment that fully acknowledges the Black September terrorist attacks, in which 11 Israeli athletes and coaches, and a West German policeman, were murdered."

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    Rainer continues, "Penn’s entry begins daringly. Not only is the imagery a slo-mo crawl, it’s also out of focus and the soundtrack is silent. Gradually the visuals sharpen, the stadium sounds come up, but, for the most part, the pole vaulters rising into the sky remain superslow abstractions. Along with his great editor Dede Allen, who cut Bonnie and Clyde, Penn anatomizes the action without ever losing sight of the fact that these athletes, including USA’s Bob Seagren, are men and not gods (as Riefenstahl might have us believe)" — referring to Leni Riefenstahl's 1938 documentary Olympia.

    Rainer sees French director Claude Lelouch's segment as a welcome contrast to the other directors' worshipful heroic depictions: "Lelouch’s The Losers ... shows us a boxer who rants in the ring after his defeat; wrestlers gamely trying to fight after tearing ligaments and dislocating limbs; swimmers treading befuddled in the pool after their last losing lap."


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