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Film, Winter

Grit and Guts on Ice

In our ongoing review of Olympic films, we’ve begun to see some patterns emerge. We have the silent era films, which are mostly a string of newsreel-style segments. There is the mid-century meet-a-city tourism genre. There is a select group of films with artistic viewpoints. There is the enormous Greenspan body of work. White Rock […]

Food, Winter

An Austrian Delight

This week’s blog has been my favorite to date—on the film and baking side. It was 100% what I needed in this crazy time. If you have some flour and eggs lying around, you MUST try the local fare recipe below. It took a bit of time to make, but it’s not like there’s much […]

Film, Summer

Long Did They Wait

The Games of the XV Olympiad were held in Helsinki, Finland in the summer of 1952. It was a long-awaited festival: Helsinki had originally been selected to host the 1940 Games after the original host, Tokyo, withdrew due to Japan’s invasion of China. But the city never got to welcome the world in 1940, because, […]

Food, Summer

A Finnish Lesson

Today we’re traveling to Helsinki and I get to share the super fun lesson I learned about how not to make a cookie. Luckily the gluten free muffins I made worked out without a problem! Now let’s get to the good stuff. Local Fare There were no questions about what I was going to bake […]

Film, Winter

Greenspan in Italy

Bud Greenspan’s Torino 2006: Stories of Olympic Glory 200788 MINUTESBud Greenspan Torino 2006 marks the fourth Greenspan film we’ve watched, the first from the new century, and the penultimate outing in his collection of 10 films. His signature formula is familiar by now. This particular film has a somewhat peculiar provenance, however: it’s one of […]

Food, Winter

Welcome Back to Italy!

We’ve returned to Italy and this time I’m making a sweet treat, because honestly who doesn’t need more yummy sweet treats right now? (Admittedly I did make risotto earlier this week, and actually had to look up the recipe on the blog. 🤦‍♀️) It also seemed like a great time to finish off some slightly […]

Film, Summer, Winter

Watching Olympic Films in Digital Formats

As a follow-up to last week’s summary of official films on the IOC’s YouTube channel, we thought it would be nice to take a look at another interesting selection. Criterion has broken out a subset of 11 films from the full box and made them available at digital retailers like iTunes. (All iTunes/Apple Books links […]

Film, Summer, Winter

Watching Olympic Films Online

With the news of Tokyo 2020’s postponement, we’re looking for ways to fill the void. Happily, the Olympic YouTube channel contains a playlist of 15 official films for our (free) viewing pleasure! This is a great resource for a selection of films, and can certainly assist you in following our discussions as we go through […]

Film, Summer

Stockholm, Sharp & Silent

We’ve reached the final silent summer film in the Criterion Olympic Films collection, (LW: thank goodness) and it happens to be the very first one, from Stockholm 1912. We’ve already discussed a few of these silent editions (here, here, here), and by and large there’s no significant deviation from the format here. However, there are […]

Food, Summer

Hello Sweden!

Today I’m going to open the blog not with our baking escapades, but with a note about what’s going on in the world right now. There’s a virus leveling countries and economies. Things are pretty rough. We will make every effort to keep our posting schedule (as we had the year planned out to time […]