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    1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, Opening ceremony

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    Graphic reading 'Games open'. Greece team marching at the opening ceremony in Helsinki, and spectators watching. Close up Finland's President Juho Kusti Paasikivi and other dignitaries standing, then close up President Paasikivi. Great Britain team marching into the stadium, close up of applauding spectators. British team marching, and close up of British male athletes marching in smart jackets and hats. Japan team marching past, and wide shot of large USSR team marching into stadium. Teams marching in rain, and close up of USSR male athletes marching past camera. Close up Lord Burghley in crowd. Stadium with teams lined up in centre, and close up of pigeons being released from cages. Finland's Paavo Nurmi running into the stadium carrying the Olympic torch, and close up applauding spectators. Nurmi running with the torch, and approaching the Olympic flame, lighting it, and walking out of shot. Close up spectators in raincoats applauding. Germany's Barbara Rotbraut-Pleyer is escorted from the track, following, according to the voice over, 'a futile private demonstration which left everybody guessing'. Olympic flag flying in crowded Olympic stadium.

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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:04:51 / 10:06:27

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  1. Unknown user says

    Sadly this clip appears not to be working - upon pressing the play button, the words "Stream not Found" appear.

    The Opening Ceremony in this clip took place on 19 July 1952.

    "Germany's Barbara Rotbraut-Pleyer is escorted from the track" - dubbed the "Peace Angel", Rotbraut-Pleyer had attempted to make an unofficial address to the watching crowds.

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