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Documentary chronicles Boston, 'granddaddy of all marathons'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/14/2017 By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press
FILE - In this April 19, 1930 file photo, veteran marathoner Clarence DeMar, of the Melrose American Legion Post, crosses the finish line to win the Boston Marathon in the last of his record seven wins in Boston. A new film that captures much of the Boston Marathon's colorful history premieres Saturday, April 15, 2017, in conjunction with the 121st running of the race on Monday. (AP Photo, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 19, 1930 file photo, veteran marathoner Clarence DeMar, of the Melrose American Legion Post, crosses the finish line to win the Boston Marathon in the last of his record seven wins in Boston. A new film that captures much of the Boston Marathon's colorful history premieres Saturday, April 15, 2017, in conjunction with the 121st running of the race on Monday. (AP Photo, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A film about the Boston Marathon premieres this weekend, and it captures much of the race's colorful 121-year history.

FILE - In this April 16, 1979 file photo, Bill Rodgers of Melrose, Mass., is crowned winner of the Boston Marathon by Mayor Kevin H. White, left, as Massachusetts Gov. Edward J. King, right, observes. A new film that captures much of the Boston Marathon's colorful history premieres Saturday, April 15, 2017, in conjunction with the 121st running of the race on Monday. (AP Photo, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 16, 1979 file photo, Bill Rodgers of Melrose, Mass., is crowned winner of the Boston Marathon by Mayor Kevin H. White, left, as Massachusetts Gov. Edward J. King, right, observes. A new film that captures much of the Boston Marathon's colorful history premieres Saturday, April 15, 2017, in conjunction with the 121st running of the race on Monday. (AP Photo, File)

"Boston" is the first feature-length documentary about the planet's most venerable footrace.

FILE - In this May 22, 1980 file photo, pioneer woman marathoner Kathrine Switzer stands in her New York office. In 1967, Switzer became the first woman to run with an official bib number in the Boston Marathon. A new film that captures much of the Boston Marathon's colorful history premieres Saturday, April 15, 2017, in conjunction with the 121st running of the race on Monday. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 22, 1980 file photo, pioneer woman marathoner Kathrine Switzer stands in her New York office. In 1967, Switzer became the first woman to run with an official bib number in the Boston Marathon. A new film that captures much of the Boston Marathon's colorful history premieres Saturday, April 15, 2017, in conjunction with the 121st running of the race on Monday. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis, File)

Matt Damon narrates the film, which chronicles how the race started with 15 runners back in 1897. Today, it's one of the world's most prestigious marathons.

Director Jon Dunham had 56 cameras rolling along the course to record the euphoria of athletes from around the globe reclaiming the marathon in 2014, a year after the deadly 2013 bombings.

The movie has its world premiere Saturday evening at the Boch Center's Wang Theatre. It will be screened at 450 theaters around the U.S. on April 19.

The 121st running of the Boston Marathon is Monday.

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