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O Sport, You are Peace! (U*)

people dressed up as bears dancing in the middle of the stadium

A rare chance to see Yuri Ozerov’s thrilling documentary, capturing the excitement and extraordinary feats of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, on the big screen.

One of the greatest Olympic films, O Sport, You are Peace! is a celebration of extraordinary sport achievement and Soviet grandeur. As the early scenes establish, dozens of nations took part in a boycott initiated by the United States in view of the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan. As well as the sport events, veteran filmmaker Yuri Ozerov also focuses on the majesty of Moscow, the host city, and the spectacle of the opening ceremony.

Sporting triumphs, and a couple of memorable disappointments, are expertly filmed. The footage of the women’s gymnastics, Sebastian Coe’s 1500 gold medal win and the marathon through the streets of Moscow are particularly gripping.

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USSR 1981 Dir Yuri Ozerov 149 min Digital presentation

1981 International Olympic Committee – all rights reserved

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