26 Times in a Row

26 Times in a Row


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This short documentary revisits the 1976 Olympic Marathon. A modern-day addition to the Games, the marathon commemorates the soldier who ran cross-country, in 490 B.C., to announce the Greek victory at Marathon and then died. Here, great film footage of the 1976 Summer Olympics captures the physical demands of the race, while its emotional counterpart is related by Waldemar Cierpinski, the event’s 1976 gold medalist. This emotion-charged film proves that although the winner of the Decathlon is the best all-round athlete, the “toughest” is the winner of the Marathon.

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26 Times in a Row, Jean-Claude Labrecque, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Jean-Claude Labrecque
  • photography
    Jean-Claude Labrecque
  • producer
    Jacques Bobet
  • sound
    Yves Daoust
  • editing
    Alain Sauvé
  • sound editing
    Gilles St-Onge
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • animation
    Francine Desbiens
  • music
    André Gagnon

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