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BOXING GYM

USA, 2010 (MIFF 2011, This Sporting Life)

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Iconic documentarian Frederick Wiseman (La Danse, MIFF 2010; Titicut Follies) returns with a fascinating look at the tight-knit world of a suburban boxing gym.

Battered equipment is held together with tape; posters peel from the walls. Muscled, youthful wannabes spar alongside doughy, middle-aged has-beens. This former warehouse garage in a rundown suburb of Austin, Texas, is a melting pot of ethnicities, genders and ages, all obsessed with the 'sweet science'.

Wiseman's 38th documentary takes us inside the two-fisted community of R. Lord's Boxing Gym, where camaraderie often wins out over competition. But there are no punches pulled when opponents step into the ring for fight-night bouts.

"There's no disputing... the influence that [Wiseman's] epic observational style has had on fiction filmmakers as far-flung as Jia Zhangke (Platform), David Simon (The Wire), and even Scorsese himself." - Village Voice

D/P Frederick Wiseman WS Doc & Film TD digibeta/2010

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THE STORE

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WELFARE

USA, 1975
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MEAT

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BALLET

USA, 1995
... ... Veteran documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman turns his rigorous gaze on the cultural institution of classical dance in Ballet, an epic account of days and nights with the premier US nation… More »

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