• Short Summary

    1936 Berlin Olympics Games, Opening Ceremony, and Owen's gold

  • Description

    German athlete Fritz Schilgen running with the Olympic torch, and others, with the Brandenburg Gate, decorated with Swastikas, in the background. Crowds of spectators watching flame, then mid shot of Schilgen running between rows of other joggers, and large crowds. Pan along crowds performing Nazi salute, and close up of Schilgen. Dramatic shot as Schilgen enters shadowy arch and emerges into a heaving Olympic stadium, holding the torch aloft before jogging down the steps and around the track. Nice shot of Schilgen running along the track holding the Olympic torch aloft, then as he runs up the steps to the Olympic flame before holding the torch aloft. Schilgen holds torch aloft, then close up as uses it to light the Olympic flame. Close up of Olympic flame burning
    Athletics action next, and tight close up, with some picture disturbance, of Jesse Owens powering home to race, possibly his heat, with commentary saying '10.2! World record!' over the pictures. Close up wind gauge spinning, with Olympic flag in background, and commentator says 'but there was a following wind, so the record could not stand'. Sprinters preparing for the final, digging footholes in the sand and removing their kit. Close ups of Germany's Erich Borchmeyer, USA's Frank Wykoff, both removing their tracksuits, and Jesse Owens, limbering up. Close up spectators, then nice tight close up of Jesse Owens on the start line. Close up Wykoff, then USA's Ralph Metcalfe, then Borchmeyer, then nice tight close up Owens waiting for the gun. Brief close up starter firing starting gun, then men's 100 metres final, which Owens wins, with Metcalfe winning silver, and Netherlands' Tinus Osendarp the bronze. Spectators cheer, then nice brief close up of Owens smiling, then more spectators cheering. Long close up of scoreboard showing the result of the race.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    hd format:
    HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:05:00 / 10:08:06

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