THE ATHLETE ABEBE BIKILA MOVIE

Can Oscars Avoid a Hostless Disaster? It was an honor to be at the Chicago Film Festival for this special screening. Breaking with the tradition of daytime Olympic marathons that concluded in the stadium, the early evening start maximized the spectacle as the athletes negotiated 8km of the cypress-tree-lined Appian Way, in darkness. There are perhaps two better films lurking within “Atletu,” one a more straightforward documentary and the other a narrative biopic, but this hybrid falls flat. Gunnar Krogsveen Yeneneh Ezra I knew all about Abebe’s barefoot gold medal run in the Rome Olympics and his repeat gold at the Tokyo Olympics. Magee, of New Zealand. Edit Storyline Running the streets of Rome in , an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon.

A few years later, he suffered a car accident and lost the use of his legs. Friday, April 18, Abebe Bikila: It was an honor to be at the Chicago Film Festival for this special screening. In the film, Abebe Bikila is introduced to the audience well after his physical prime, while visiting family in Jato, Ethiopia in Ruta Gedmintas was incredible as the physical therapist at the English health center who helped Abebe through his struggle of convalescence, as was Dag Malmberg. But his victory was not simply that of Ethiopia, it was also a triumph for Rome and the Games.

Was this review helpful to you? F ew could have predicted when Italy hosted the Olympic Games that come the opening ceremony Rome would be cavorting in the midst of an economic boom. Edit Storyline Running the streets of Rome inan unknown, barefooted Ayhlete man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in tje marathon. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. His competitive spirit undiminished, he won gold in a 25km cross-country sledge competition in Norway in Dag Malmberg as Onni.

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We want to hear what you have to say but need to verify your account. Views Read Edit View history. A mixture of fiction and stock footage, The Athlete is a portrait of the marathon runner from Ethiopia, Abebe Bikila. Bikila, who served as a member of the Imperial Bodyguard of Emperor Haile Selassie, became the first African to win a gold medal in the Rome Olympics, which he run barefoot, and setting into motion the legacy of long-distance running in Ethiopia.

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As Alberto Cavallari wrote moive his Corriere della Sera report: I also talked in private with Davey Frankel about his experiences after the showing. I knew movi about Abebe’s barefoot gold medal run in the Rome Olympics and his repeat gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

Rasselas Lakew as Abebe Bikila. Ruta Gedmintas was incredible as the physical therapist at the English health center who helped Abebe through his struggle of convalescence, as was Dag Malmberg. However, the son of a shepherd ran barefoot and won the gold medal. Edit Cast Credited cast: Just leave us a message here and we will work on getting you verified.

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Marking the rise and future dominance of East African middle- and long-distance runners, in the presence of the all-white South Bikla team that the International Olympic Committee chose not to challenge, and against the vastly better funded and better equipped Soviet, US and European athletes, Bikila ran his name and that of his country into history.

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They do have a hard time realizing that the movie depicts living people and bikils lifestyle unlike their own.

The Athlete Film poster. They also enjoy knowing that I went to Africa in and will bkkila returning to Kenya this summer. Emperor Haile Selassie Fekadu Gemechu Topics Athletics 50 stunning Olympic moments. Can Oscars Avoid a Hostless Disaster?

Jun 29, Rating: I also was familiar with the car crash that left him paralyzed, the return at athletw Olympics to be honored athete then his sudden death. A few years later, he suffered a car accident and lost the use of his legs. But Bikila’s career as a runner came to an abrupt end inwhen he was involved in a severe auto accident that cost him the use of his legs and limited the movement of his arms. It is a fine, tbe, illogical victory […] This […] was an historic Olympic marathon both in terms of performance and backcloth […] its drama was in its setting, presentation and outcome.

Every year, kids ask if the people in the movie are still alive, and I have to tell them that they are and that they are younger than me. The film was selected as the Ethiopian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards[1] but it did not make the final shortlist.

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