Thanks for the link to part 7, Artem.
Just now finished watching the whole thing. It’s a pity if the film was never released – if they tried to market it as “Arnold is the best – better than anybody else!” I could see why, but if they’d just presented it as a straightforward documentary of his story (along with those of some other characters of interest) going into the '80 Olympia…
Anyway, I think the footage is great. I didn’t so much watch this as contest coverage as pay attention to all the cool characters. People I’d only seen in “flashback” type magazine articles came off as so much more interesting when they were walking, talking, representing themselves in their own words.
Platz, notably (who was a beast, btw), came off differently than I’d imagined him. So did Samir Bannout (in the brief look we got at him – who was the guy with him, btw? know him by look but not by name – guy who said “Zane & Schwarzenegger are in trouble.”)
Arnold’s comments revealed a lot about him – some stuff we didn’t see in Pumping Iron. Cool to see Dickerson, Coe (also looked good), Franco (even if not competing). Surprised how little we saw of Mentzer, but I’ve got to remember the filmmakers wouldn’t have known about the controversy beforehand. I also don’t know about the history enough to know how prominently MM would have been on everyone’s radar going IN to the contest.
Other thing that struck me is how much more those guys seemed to fit their era – to me anyway – than a lot of current pros (or the whole pro scene) do today. I realize I’m stereotyping, but…
Okay, enough. Suffice it to say I dug the film and it got me thinking. Thanks for the post.