Bud Greenspan’s Torino 2006: Stories of Olympic Glory
I will be legitimately sad when this particular journey is over. As I’ve mentioned many times, I’m a massive fan of the Olympics. Even a decidedly mediocre late-Greenspan nothingburger like this film is still the Olympics. There’s just nothing quite like it as an event in the world. As these Greenspan films like to say, the world becomes a better place during the time of the Olympic Games.
This particular games is also one I remember quite well from watching it live. Unlike in Athens though, that didn’t save this documentary from being an absolutely squandered opportunity. I’m very on record with all of my complaints about this format, but when the drama is good the films are still pretty fun. Unfortunately, there is almost no compelling drama whatsoever in this film. The events are predictable and the winners are easily telegraphed. What a bummer.
The next film in this set isn’t a Greenspan and I couldn’t be more excited. Even if I don’t like it, at least it’s something new, with a chance to be something special.