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    1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, Opening Ceremony and athletics action

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    High angle Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi running along the Olympic Stadium track with the Olympic torch, then nice low angle shot of same. Mid shot spectators watching, tighter shot spectators not looking very happy as rain pours down. Wide high angles of opening ceremony. Finnish gymnast Dr. Heikki Savolainen takes the Olympic Oath. Various close ups spectators watching on in heavy rain. Various shots of spectators watching in the rain. Mid shot Olympic flag with specially released pigeons flying in background, tighter shot pigeons flying. Shaky shot Paavo Nurmi running up stairs to the Olympic flame, then pan up to show huge amount of stairs still to climb. Nurmi climbing, then lots of country's flags being held. Several high, wide angles of Olympic stadium and ceremony. Close up Finnish President Juho Kusti Paasikivi talking and brief of Nurmi running with torch. Several high angles of teams marching. Finland team marching into the arena in smart suits. Germany team marching. Close up male French competitors marching in berets. France team marching past. Mid shot France team entering stadium. Team, possibly New Zealand, marching into stadium. South Africa team marching into stadium. Close up athletes in black jackets. Canada team entering stadium. South Korea team marching into stadium.

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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    10:00:00 / 10:04:12

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  1. Unknown user says

    The Opening Ceremony seen here took place on 19 July 1952.

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