Visions Of Eight

For fans of Kubrick, Jodorowsky and Bunuel, Visions Of Eight will be a revelatory theatrical experience — for it is the 2001: A Space Odyssey of sports docs! The incredible, mystifying successor to Kon Ichikawa’s ‘60s tone poem Tokyo Olympiad, Visions of Eight charts a tripped-out, blissed-out, highly stylized variety of filmic viewpoints on the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany; international superstar directors like Arthur Penn, John Schlesinger, Milos Forman, Claude Lelouch and Ichikawa himself all contribute. Whether it’s Penn’s hallucinatory slo-mo portrait of pole vaulting (with practically every frame a potential ‘70s prog rock album cover), Mai Zetterling’s Herzog-like peek into the utter strangeness of freakish, bloated weightlifters (and their comically large diets), Lelouch’s astonishing collage of losing competitors’ moments of anguish or Schlesinger’s haunting cross-cutting between the loneliness of the Games’ marathon runners and the Munich hostage tragedy, each of the eight directors in Visions of Eight’s roster deliver phantasmagorical portraits capturing what the spectator’s naked eye cannot possibly see. An unheralded, classic documentary experience!
Dirs. Various, 1973, 35mm, 110 min.

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