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NFB.ca salutes the 40th anniversary of the Montreal Olympic Games with exclusive and newly available films


40 JO

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.

Film selection

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.

Blog posts

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.


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    Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a one-of-a-kind producer, co-producer and distributor of distinctive, engaging, relevant and innovative documentary and animated films. As a talent incubator, it is one of the world’s leading creative centres. The NFB has enabled Canadians to tell and hear each other’s stories for over eight decades, and its films are a reliable and accessible educational resource. The NFB is also recognized around the world for its expertise in preservation and conservation, and for its rich and vibrant collection of works, which form a pillar of Canada’s cultural heritage. To date, the NFB has produced more than 14,000 works, 6,500 of which can be streamed free of charge at nfb.ca. The NFB and its productions and co-productions have earned over 7,000 awards, including 11 Oscars and an Honorary Academy Award for overall excellence in cinema.