Quote Originally Posted by DannL. View Post
The torch she is placing in the silver reflector also has a loop of the "suspect film" on the end. When the flame first ignites you can almost make out what appears to be picture frames on the film just before it burns up. I'm gonna guess that the film is used just to guarantee the ignition the fuel in the torch wick.
On looking again at the video, I'm thinking it is a piece of nitrate film. The Olympic flame is lit by the focussed light (or, strictly speaking, heat) of the sun from the parabolic reflector and the vigorous ignition and speed of burning looks a lot like nitrate film. Would make sense for a quick and guaranteed flame?