The Los Angeles Olympics (1932) on the service of fascist propaganda | EUROtoday

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LCoincidence did issues nicely. In August 1932, the Los Angeles Games launched medal ceremonies on a podium with nationwide flags raised. The alternative for the winner of the 1,500 meters, the Italian Luigi Beccali, to indicate in entrance of the cameras the refined distinction between the Olympic salute – arm outstretched to the aspect – and the fascist salute – arm outstretched in entrance of you – which he executed to perfection. The second, the Englishman Jerry Cornes, nearly imitates him earlier than smiling on the blunder he has simply prevented. Soon, the operators of the Istituto Luce gave Beccali the “go” to ship his speech in reward of the Duce’s Italy, as mechanical as his stride.

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