FREE TO RUN REVIEWED
“Free to Run” is a documentary that was narrated in French and then converted to English. Naturally, the dialogue might sound clunky as we watch racing history unfurl. By using the Olympics and later the American Marathon system as touchstones, we see how much has changed for women in competitive racing. Until 1960, women were forbidden from running great distances competitively. The reason given was that it was just too taxing on the female form.
From there, we watch as Prefontaine and others help raise the glamorous luster of the sport into something more accepting of female superstar athletes. There are a ton of talking head interviews and they give great background into the struggle. The finale explains a lot, as it shows how the 1970s Olympic wins and the TV focus showed that the strain of racing was no longer present. The discussion has been changed into seeing racing as a form of art.
There’s a word for it and I know I’m missing out by not having my ESPN Body issue handy. But, when you can make it about aesthetic…you’ll win over the American people. This was such a stunning documentary.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 11/1/16
The Plot Thus Far
Today, all anybody needs to run is the determination and a pair of the right shoes. But just fifty years ago, running was viewed almost exclusively as the domain of elite male athletes who competed on tracks. With insight and propulsive energy, director Pierre Morath traces running’s rise to the 1960s, examining how the liberation movements and newfound sense of personal freedom that defined the era took the sport out of the stadiums and onto the streets, and how legends like Steve Prefontaine, Fred Lebow, and Kathrine Switzer redefined running as a populist phenomenon.
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