A Japanese director is one of a bevy of international film makers who will this year contribute to the feature film on the Munich Olympics.
GV Cameramen and equipment by track
SV Equipment unloaded and piled by side of truck
SV & CU Japanese director talking with crew (2 shots)
SV Cameras lined up along track
CU Cameraman loading film and sighting through lens (2 shots)
SV Crowd in stadium
CU Japanese director
LV Down track past cameramen filming race
CU PAN from cameras to athletes on track
"In contrast to previous Olympic films, this year's is the work of ten top directors, using tons of equipment, each with a ten minute sequence to produce on one particular aspect of the Games. The man who directed the whole Tokyo film - Kon Ichikawa - is this time devoting his ten minutes to the one hundred metres final, using thirty-five cameras simultaneously, one to each lane, others in slow motion, some with short lenses, others with long for the vital telling close ups. Ichikawa shot miles of film on tests but as he rehearsed his cameras during the heats of the one hundred meters he seemed anything but confident about his final performance. A hundred metres in ten seconds is the athletes' challenge.... ten minutes form those ten seconds or less is Ichikawa's."
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Background: A Japanese director is one of a bevy of international film makers who will this year contribute to the feature film on the Munich Olympics.
He is Kon Ichikawa who has been allotted ten minutes of screen time to cover the final of the Man's One Hundred metres sprint, run at Munich on Friday (1 Sept.). Ichikawa directed the entire film of the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.
Ichikawa's task is described on this film by British Broadcasting Corporation reporter, Ronald Allison. A transcript appear below, and an alternative commentary appears overleaf.
SYNOPSIS: Munich 1972 - the Olympics already being watched by record audiences through television, is also being recorded on film for the issue later of and Olympic feature.
Japanese director Kon Ichikawa is one of ten directors each of whom has been asked to provide a ten minute sequence for the film... concentrating on one particular aspect of the Games. Ichikawa has chosen the one hundred metres sprint for men, a race that lasts ten seconds. He'll stretch the event to ten minutes with the use of thirty-five separate cameras, some filming slow motion, some with short lenses, others with long. Ichikawa is no stranger to this business. He directed the highly-praised feature on the Tokyo Olympics, and his choice as one of the ten directors for this film is a tribute to his skill. The heats of the one hundred metres provided Ichikawa and his crew with their final rehearsals... the following day was the real thing.