Visions of 8 - The Olympics of Motion Picture Achievement
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Visions of 8 - The Olympics of Motion Picture Achievement
This documentary of the 1972 Summer Olympics, held in Munich, is remarkable for bringing eight of the world's most notable film directors to work on it. They are: Milos Forman, Yuri Ozerov, Mai Zetterling, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar, Kon Ichikawa, Claude Lelouch and John Schlesinger. Each director concentrated on events that were of interest to him and filmed in his own style. For instance, Foreman focused on the comic aspect of the games; Lelouch kept his sights on the losers rather than the winners; and Mai Zetterling examined obsession in the form of weightlifting. The movie does not… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As for so much of the rest, it seems to forget that it is the privilege of the modest art of film to find the meaning of things just in the way they are seen to be."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"What nobody could have anticipated, perhaps, is how similar many of those visions would be."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The 1972 Munich Olympics as seen by eight directors; eight sequences devoted entirely to sport, with only passing reference to the intrusion of politics. About half of them work."
‑ , Time Out
"Visions of Eight is an excellent record of the 1972 Munich Olympics, a collage imaginatively recording the event from varied perspectives, each with a different focus."
‑ Stuart Galbraith,
"The problem is that many of the sketches sometimes forget the idea of sport and competition itself, to indulge in ideas."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety