Tokyo Olympiad (170 mins.) is the distillation of 70 hours of CinemaScope film footage that Ichikawa and his 164 cameramen captured during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. It's a highly stylized take on the proceedings, yet at the same time a surprisingly intimate one.
The film met controversy immediately upon release for its refusal to give Japanese athletes special treatment--both the film's commissioners as well as the emperor and his family reportedly loathed it. Yet it remains a nearly inimitable achievement in world cinema, comparable only to Riefenstahl's Olympiad.
Admission$5 students (tickets required)