At Caius College, Cambridge in 1919, Jewish student Harold Abrahams sets a record in a traditional college running event. In the years that follow, he becomes one of the country’s most popular sprinters. Only Scotland’s Eric Liddell, the son of Christian missionaries, manages to beat him in a 100-metre race. Abrahams then hires a professional trainer. In 1924, both men are members of the British team at the Paris Olympic Games, where they will face off against their seemingly unbeatable rivals from team USA ... While the white battle dress of the Droogs in A Clockwork Orange referenced the street fashion of Britain’s proletarian teddy boys, the white sweaters and polo shirts of the British Olympians in Chariots of Fire found their way into the closets of middle-class “poppers”. The entire range of high-end menswear, from English tweeds to black tie, on display in the film garnered Milena Canonero her first contract for a fashion line with renowned menswear designer Norman Hilton (1919 – 2011). In 1983, Canonero commented, “I said I would do it provided we did not do a ‘Chariots’ look. People don’t want to dress in period clothes“.
Great Britain 1981
124 min · Colour · 2K DCP
Digital version 2012
Nicholas FarrellNigel HaversIan CharlesonBen CrossDaniel GerrollIan HolmJohn GielgudLindsay AndersonNigel Davenport
DCP: Park Circus, Glasgow