22 January, 2021

Cinematic Splendour

Black symbolism was the theme of a show dominated by spectacle, money and sheer audacity

Cinematic Splendour

ITwas pure Hollywood. Like in Los Angeles over a decade ago. The opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympic Games on July 19 was chock-a-block with all the ingredients that the movie moguls of Sunset Boulevard would have flipped over: it was spectacular, theatrical, pathos-laden, pride-inspired and full of blindingly impressive special effects. It was, after all, orchestrated by Hollywood itself. And, as the Sunbelt city, cockily spunky and out to show the entire world how things are done, pulled out all the stops to welcome athletes and visitors from nearly 200 countries with much music and dance, it left the entire world gawking in wonder. At the sheer power of money and showbiz chutzpah.

The occasional nod to Olympic tradition apart, it was an unabashed show of splendour, wealth and high technology. A show that added, as it was quite clearly designed to, a new chapter in the history of Atlanta, 67 per cent of whose inhabitants are black. So the city made no bones about its intentions: as it heralded the centennial Games with pomp and...



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