Olympic-themed movies in 2016

This year brings two feature films with an Olympic sports theme; Race and Eddie the Eagle

Race – © 2016 Focus Features / Eddie the Eagle – © 2016 20th Century Fox
Race – © 2016 Focus Features / Eddie the Eagle – © 2016 20th Century Fox

 


Race

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Starring: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree
Olympics: Berlin 1936
Based on: The life and achievements of Jesse Owens (historical film footage)
More info: Official website

 

 

Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. “Race” is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.

 


Eddie the Eagle

Director: Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tom Costello Jr.
Olympics: Calgary 1988
Based on: Eddie Edwards, first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping (historical film footage)
More info: Official website
Interesting fact: The film wasn’t shot in Calgary, but in Oberstdorf – Germany (read more)

 

 

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

Book recommendation; Olympic Realities: Sechs Stadte Nach dem Grossanlass / Six Cities After the Games

Olympic Realities Sechs Stadte Nach dem Grossanlass Six Cities After the Games

 

From the author:

World records, heroic stories, tears of the losers. The Olympics are the most important international sporting event when, for two weeks, one city is watched by the world.
Universal enthusiasm and a global media presence politicise the games and provide an opportunity for massive investment. Stadiums become symbols of power.
Days of euphoria are followed by disillusionment. Olympic Realities takes the viewer to six places deserted by the Olympic circus.
Bruno Helbling’s architecture photography raises questions of the significance of these monstrous events.
The impressive pictures are accompanied by six controversial essays, each written by an author with a special connection to the particular Olympic city.
Simultaneously provocative and entertaining, they expose the roots of a system of megalomania, corruption and mismanagement.
Olympic Realities is not only a highly aesthetic record of endurance, but also a sharp portrayal of an inescapable recurrence.

Hardback, 206 pages, English & German, 164 color-photographs
Photography by Bruno Helbling Essays by Werner van Gent, Peter Dittmann, Ahmed Buric,
Francesco Pastorelli, Barbara Lüthi and Martin Müller.
Graphic-Design by Lars Egert
Birkhäuser 2015
ISBN 978-3-0356-0631-7

 

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Photo: Rio Municipal Government/Renato Sette Camara
Photo: Rio Municipal Government/Renato Sette Camara

 Rio 2016;


2022 Bid;


2024 Bid;


Previous Games;


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London 2012;


Rio 2016;


PyeongChang 2018;


Tokyo 2020;


2022 Bid;


2024 Bid;


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Photo: Rio 2016
Photo: Rio 2016

Rio 2016;


Tokyo 2020;


2022 Bid;


2024 Bid;


The International Olympic Committee;


General;


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Sochi 2014;


Rio 2016;

  • Manaus enters race to host Rio 2016 Olympic Games football matches [Rio2016.com]

PyeongChang 2018;

  • PyeongChang 2018 Celebrates3-years to go with ‘One Day in PyeongChang’ Event [PyeongChang2018.com]

2022 Bid;

  • IOC panel in Almaty to inspect bid for 2022 Winter Olympics [Yahoo Sports Canada]

2024 Bid;