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    1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, Opening Ceremony and athletics action

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    Brief pan along athletes, then brief of Paavo Nurmi running with the torch. Male athletes in black jackets march past camera. Brief high angle long train of athletes marching. Brief high angle teams lined up in centre of stadium. Soldiers entering the stadium, and pan from statue of runner Paavo Nurmi to exterior of Helsinki Olympic stadium with flags flying. Woman in traditional dress heading to stadium. Finnish and Olympic flags flying outside stadium. Women in traditional dress standing around. People filing out of stadium past flags flying. Low angle shot showing height of the steps to the Olympic flame. Close up of dignitaries, including President Juho Kusti Paasikivi.
    Cameraman's slate. High wide angle of ceremony. Dr. Heikki Savolainen taking Olympic oath, and tighter shot of same. Canada team marching in arena. High angle parade, close up spectators watching on. Germany team marching past, and Olympic flag being raised, then flying. Close ups Finland team marching past.
    Cameraman's slate. Great Britain flag bearer marching into stadium. Mid shot President Juho Kusti Paasikivi walking with man, then very nice close up of Paasikivi doffing his top hat, and taking his seat. Close up spectators watching, and pan from saluting soldiers to Australia team marching past.
    Cameraman's slate reading 'opening ceremony'. Very high angle President Paasikivi walking. High angle shots teams marching. Close up female competitors marching past in black jackets. Great Britain team entering stadium, and brief low angle. Spectators in raincoats. Wide angle marchers, nice tighter shot marchers in formation wearing white. Two high angle shots teams marching, and spectators.
    Cameraman's slate. Close up spectators watching on. Pan from high tower containing Olympic flame to wide angle of full stadium with teams lined up in centre. Sweden team marching. High angles team marching, then close ups spectators applauding. Unknown team marching and waving at crowd, South Korean team looking serious, then wide angle marching team.

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

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  1. Unknown user says

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

    "Unknown team marching and waving" - that's the Soviet Union team, (signified by the "Neuvostoliitto" flag bearer).

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