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The olympic mysteries of russia

Company :   "ADAMS APPLE"
Year :  2004
Duration :  45 min
Total number of releases :  2
Author and presenter :  Kirill Nabutov
Written by :  Alexei Vasilyev, Elena Vinogradova, Petr Erofeev, Elena Trifonova; Marianna Faktorovich
Directed by :  Oleg Shilovsky
The film is dedicated to the World Olympic Movement and the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980. A lot of news and video reels as well as the extracts from the newspapers of the 19th and 20th centuries which give the real idea of the development of sport activities around the world are shown in the film.

The film starts with the symbolic scenes of the Russian Tsar Nikolay II and the first Russian President Boris Eltsin playing tennis. One hundred years separate the events and during these years sport transformed from "a clean pretty occupation for decent people into a huge business and politics" which usually contain a lot of mysteries, that are revealed in the film. The author takes the audience along the labyrinths of "the cold war" debunking the hypocritical slogan of the past : "Sport is out of politics".

How did it all start? The World Olympic movement was born in Athens in 1896 where the first Olympic Games took place. Then Stockholm, Berlin: winter and summer Games. The stronger and more influential the state was, the more possibilities it had to be chosen as a place for Olympic Games. Every state understood it. Hitler in 1936 made all the possible to have that unforgettable event in his country. Due to external and internal obstacles Russia was excluded from the International Olympic Committee and up till 1952 it did not participated in the Games and in all the ways opposed "the bourgeois Olympic Games" by their own Olympic Games known as "Spartakiads".

What steps did the states and sportsmen undertake to win in that battle? What else did Russia do to undermine the World Olympic Movement? And why did Russia in the long run decide to join the International Olympic Committee? How was Moscow chosen to be the place for the 1980 Olympic Games and who boycotted the Moscow Games due to the invasion of Soviet troops to Afghanistan? Answers to these and many other questions, strengthened by the episodes from the chronicles and interviews of eye-witnesses, you will find in this film.

Nevertheless, despite of its political colouring, Olympic Games represent the greatest sport festivity all over the world : competitions, performances and celebrations that is the atmosphere that reigns among the ordinary people.