Bannister: Everest on the TrackHD Closed Captioning
Tom Ratcliffe & Jeremy Mosher
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About the Movie
History wonks and running buffs will vie for who loves this movie the most. "Everest on the Track" is as much an historical study of Britain's psychological, if not almost physical, need for something - anything - to erase the woes of World War II as it is a fresh look at the quest for the first sub-4:00 mile, the heretofore deemed physically impossible. Before the war, Britain had bloomed best in its Sporting Tradition, but the amateur accolades leading to Olympic accomplishments were blown off the podiums in the 1952 Helsinki Games. Roger Bannister was the epitome of that disappearing scholar-athlete ideal. Can the lunchtime-trained runner immersed in his medical school studies inject the booster shot into Britain's flagging but still flickering morale?
A Journey Into Mind and Body
They said it was impossible. Couldn’t be done. Funny thing about the human will’s ability to push the body beyond comprehensible limits. Sir Roger Bannister’s historic barrier-breaking race is a reminder of how we tap into inner strength through external support. What I found interesting was the dedication of runners - Roger's team - and their willingness to subjugate personal glory for history. The tale of the first sub-4-minute mile is storytelling at its best. Runners will nod in tacit recognition of one’s singular drive. The rest of us simply marvel.
Exciting Blend of Sport and History
The pacing, context and storytelling in this documentary keep the viewer on the edge of their seat - even though the outcome is known. When Bannister breaks the 4-minute mile, he brings down barriers that go well beyond the running world to a post-WWII nation in need of an icon.
This film brings a new world of context to an amazing historic feat.