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Repost-Opening Today: Zidane – A 21st Century Portrait

Perhaps the most original and technically striking films I saw at Rotterdam was Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. A truly original style of documentary, the filmmakers trained 17 cameras of various type on one man during a football (soccer) match between Spanish giants Real Madrid and their league opponents Villareal. That man was Zinédine Zidane, the French maestro of the midfield who is one of, if not the greatest, players of his generation.
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Read the rest of my review from the 2007 Rotterdam International Film Festival, here.

Italian Police Brutality-Roma v. Manchester United

BBC coverage of the shocking display of brutality by the Italian Carabinieri during a match between AS Roma and Manchester United in the European Champions League. Now, I hate Man U as much as anyone, but NO ONE deserves this kind of punishment. Yet another example of how far behind the times the Italian police are in terms of crowd control. With the match fixing scandals and dead policemen (although there is now doubt as to the direct cause of his death), both Italian football and their policing methods need a complete overhaul.

IFFR 07: Zidane – A 21st Century Portrait

Perhaps the most original and technically striking films I saw at Rotterdam was Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. A truly original style of documentary, the filmmakers trained 17 cameras of various type on one man during a football (soccer) match between Spanish giants Real Madrid and their league opponents Villareal. That man was Zinédine Zidane, the French maestro of the midfield who is one of, if not the greatest players of his generation.
An integral part of the French triumph in the 1998 World Cup, ‘Zizou,’ as he is known, retired under somewhat ignominious circumstances following France’s loss in the final match of the 2006 Cup but that hardly dulls what was an extraordinary career on the pitch and by isolating the man Zidane attempts to capture something of what it is to be Zidane. For the 80-odd minutes he is on the pitch (Zidane gets ejected for a red card foul before the end of the match), the film does exactly that.
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Racism Will Out…Apparently

Aragones.jpgRemember a couple of years ago when I wrote a couple of pieces about racists and fascists in European football? Well, it seems that they still keep getting away with it. Spain national team coach Luis Aragonés has, after almost 2 years, successfully appealed a £2,000 fine for calling Arsenal striker Thierry Henry “that black shit” in an effort to rev up one of his players prior to a match against France. He maintained that he had not meant to offend anyone.
However, his vigorous defense of his comments prior to a friendly match vs. England in Spain led to “a tirade of racist abuse from fans in Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium” against visit black players, according to the Guardian.
According to the paper, “The ruling is definitive and there is no right of appeal, however Aragonés could face a hostile reception when his Spain team play England in a friendly at Old Trafford tonight.” Here’s hoping so.
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