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Runner (1962)

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More of a paean to a sport than to an athlete
4 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

It's hard to say too much about this film since it is so short. It is ostensibly a look at Bruce Kidd, who was then a rising star in Canadian track. Later in the year that this movie was released, he would win two medals in the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, and he would compete in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, although he didn't win any medals there. He would eventually be inducted twice into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

The film starts by watching him train with other athletes and ends with him competing in a meet. The narration is written and spoken by poet W. H. Auden, and while it does seem hokey in a couple moments, it is mostly pretty effective, and the soundtrack is a nice jazz score. The visuals are nice if a bit unusual. During the first half, the athletes training with Kidd seem to get as much attention, and often when the camera does train on Kidd, it just as like to focus on his legs as on his face. The footage on the race at the end does a nice job of giving the sensation of what it must be like to be in a race, as the background crowd just turns into a faceless blur.

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