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    1960 Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, USA, Opening ceremony

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    Pan across spectators standing in heavy snow, tighter shot of spectators. Brief, but nice shot of spectators sitting, covered in snow. Wide of Olympic teams parading during the opening ceremony, tighter shot of parade, then wide pan. Close up of Canada team marching. Close up of Great Britain banner and flag, then team marching past. Close up of Italy team matching past, and close up of women athletes walking past smiling wearing headscarves. Close up of the small Spain team walking past smiling. Close up of USSR team marching past. Brief close up of USA team flag bearer. Wider shot of several countries' flag bearers standing in line, including Canada. Angled view of US vice-president Richard Nixon watching on, then better shot of him declaring the games open, though with no audio. Wide of the Olympic flag being raised, then tighter shot of it flying, with mountains in the background. Birds are released into the air from cages. Wide shot of group of skiers skiing down mountain side with the Olympic flame. Skier skis into the arena and passes the flame to another man. Wide shot of skier and crowds. Tighter shot of man climbing the steps to the Olympic torch with the Olympic flame, brief low shot of him about to light the torch. Wide shot of Olympic torch now lit, and pan to large centre piece which contains flags of participating countries, and the Olympic rings. Nice pull from close up of Olympic torch to wide shot of opening ceremony.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:00:00 / 10:02:01

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