Tokyo Olympiad ★★★★★

I hope NFL Films is paying Kon Ichikawa and Kazuo Miyagawa royalties because they ripped off their entire playbook from this film. Telephoto lenses, slow motion, extreme closeups, video highlights cut to radio broadcasts (I think), high quality microphones picking up live sound, classical music, rhythmic shifts from intensely melodramatic to comically absurd to gorgeously lyrical. As full an expression of the power, beauty and ridiculousness of sport as I've ever seen.

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