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Melbourne Olympics film premiere

Extract from Games Film: Olympians at Premiere (1957)

Newsreel item from 1957 showing a crowd outside the Majestic Theatre in Melbourne, watching guests arriving for the Australian premiere of the official 1956 Olympic Games film Rendezvous in Melbourne.

Melbourne was selected to host the Olympic Games on 28 April 1949 at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Rome. Its bid won by a single vote over Buenos Aires, making Melbourne the first city outside Europe or the United States to host the games.

NFSA: 78042 Newsreel courtesy Cinesound Movietone Productions, NFSA


1. What does this short film clip show? Summarise what you see and hear.

2. Does the film appear to have a main purpose or message? If so, what do you think it is?

3. Who made the film clip and when was it made? Use this information to try to work out why the film was made. Does this change what you think about the purpose of the film?

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