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cor blimey this was good

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the proposition did not sound that appealing: a 90 minute film following just one player around a football field: 17 cameras following zinedine zidane during a real madrid match against villareal in april last year.

it turned out this wasn't just some glorified cinematic player-cam though; it turned out to be a masterclass in editing and sound design, as well as a
hugely expressive portrait of a footballer that not much is known about.

in this film, zidane appears to isoloate himself from the rest of his team - his eyes are literally never off the ball. for an hour, he doesn't speak to another player (he occassionally mutters to himself, however). the only time he smiles during the first half is when the opposition are awarded a penalty...

that the game should be so dramatic, or that the end to zidane's game be so firey, the film-makers cannot have known, but its in the quieter moments where we really see how zidane works.

i'd recommend this film to anyone interested in film-making, and to anyone
with even a passing interest in football.
6th Oct 2006, 08:41   | tags:,,,

paintist says:

sooooooo you are not convinced that his little outburst was to advertise this movie, as some cynics thought?

6th Oct 2006, 08:49

i can't believe thats in any way true. especially considering the end to this film - his temper has always been there...

6th Oct 2006, 08:51

I'll wait for the boxed DVD with directors cut and altenative ending.

6th Oct 2006, 12:31

he he he.

6th Oct 2006, 12:31

mark kermode thought it was shit

7th Oct 2006, 11:33

excuse my french, but mark kermode can bite my ass. he thinks the exorcist is good for crying out loud

7th Oct 2006, 11:35