Salute/Chariots of Fire – review

The best side-effect of the impending Olympics is the retrieval of these two outstanding films. Norman's small-scale Australian documentary of 2008 and Hudson's sublime 1981 Oscar winner help us soar over the commercialism, the greed, the exploitation and the hypocrisy of what the Games have become. Salute looks at the story behind the iconic photograph in which the African-American political activists, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, respectively the gold and bronze winners in the 200 metres at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, raised their gloved fists in the Black Power salutes on the podium. The Australian silver medallist Peter Norman showed his solidarity by wearing an officially proscribed Olympic Project for Human Rights badge. All three suffered ostracism for their actions but, brought together by Norman's nephew two years before his uncle's death in 2006, none of them regretted their actions.

Peter Norman was a Christian, an officer in the Salvation Army, a man of principle,
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