Cinema: Winning Race

CHARIOTS OF FIRE Directed by Hugh Hudson Screenplay by Colin Welland

Seeing Chariots of Fire is like exploring a wonderful historical restoration.

All the brass has been polished, the draperies lovingly arranged, the superb craftsmanship of the antique furnishings set off by careful burnishing. At the very least one gets from the film an authentic sense of life as it must have been lived in a more gracious and perhaps more innocent time.

But there are real people moving through this movie's rooms, historical characters driven by private obsessions. By insisting that the audience...

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