Reading Salute: Filmic representations of sports history

Osmond, Gary and Phillips, Murray G. (2011) Reading Salute: Filmic representations of sports history. International Journal of the History of Sport, 28 10: 1463-1477. doi:10.1080/09523367.2011.577639


Author Osmond, Gary
Phillips, Murray G.
Title Reading Salute: Filmic representations of sports history
Formatted title
Reading Salute: Filmic representations of sports history
Journal name International Journal of the History of Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0952-3367
1743-9035
Publication date 2011-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09523367.2011.577639
Volume 28
Issue 10
Start page 1463
End page 1477
Total pages 15
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The Black Power Salute protest by athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith on the medal dais during the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, supported by silver-medallist Peter Norman, has been recognised as a seminal moment in sports history, Olympic history and race relations. This article examines the filmic history of this event as represented in Salute, a 2008 film documentary. We argue that understanding contemporary films requires more than an analysis of on-screen representations and is vastly enriched through embracing the ways in which films are circulated between producers, directors, advertisers, merchandisers and audiences. Accordingly, this article combines a textual analysis of Salute with an exploration of how new media influence the dissemination, reception and consumption of the film. The textual analysis explores Salute as a documentary film biography through dominant narratives and documentary strategies that characterise this genre of filmic history. Associated new media are considered from two perspectives: how they facilitate the active intervention of the film-maker in the reception of a film, and how new media provide opportunities for audience interactivity with films and film-makers. Linking new media with a textual analysis of Salute provides insights into the ways in which the past is circulated in the present.
Keyword Audience studies
Black Power Salute
Blogs
Film
Internet
New media
Peter Norman
1968 Mexico City Olympics
YouTube
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: Australasia and Pacific

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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