July 11, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Forty years ago, Montreal was caught up in the fever of the 1976 Summer Olympics. To underscore this historic event, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) has created a compelling six-film playlist, featuring newly added films and exclusive releases, that will be available online at NFB.ca from July 11 to 18. Viewers can see—or perhaps re-visit—performances by now-legendary Olympians like Nadia Comaneci, Olga Korbut and Bruce Jenner (today Caitlyn Jenner), as well as the contributions of popular Quebec personalities like singer René Simard, who performed the Games’ theme song. Blog posts providing context for some of the films round out this special anniversary program.
Games of the XXI Olympiad (Jean-Claude Labrecque, Jean Beaudin, Marcel Carrière and Georges Dufaux, 1977)
Exclusive: the official film commissioned by the 1976 Olympic Games Organizing Committee and produced by the NFB.
Operation Gamescan 76 (Michael Brun, 1977)
The role of the Canadian Armed Forces in the Games’ organization, logistics and security.
I’ll Go Again (Paul Cowan, 1977)
Nelli Kim (Pierre Bernier and Georges Dufaux, 1978) – newly added to NFB.ca
Cycling: Still the Greatest (Gary Toole, 1980)
26 Times in a Row (Jean-Claude Labrecque, 1978) – newly added to NFB.ca
The last four titles include footage that did not appear in the official film, Games of the XXI Olympiad.
On NFB.ca, Albert Ohayon provides context for Paul Cowan’s documentary I’ll Go Again, while on ONF.ca Marc Saint-Pierre introduces Jeux de la XXIe Olympiade (Games of the XXI Olympiad) and, as part of a special partnership with sports site Balle courbe, Jocelyn Chaput comments on the film On s’pratique… c’est pour les Olympiques, which is available in French only on ONF.ca.
Online Screening Room: NFB.ca