Zidane A 21st Century Portrait.
I just caught up on the World Cup matches from Friday and Saturday night (still got to watch Germany France).
And seeing Brazil and Columbia I was reminded of the notion of what it must be like to play, concentrate and be yourself, physically and mentally in the centre of such massive attention.
The emotions of so many humans projected on to your performance whether for or against, in a team or not. Personal emotion. Professional stoicism. Amphitheatres, Gladiators, Lions.
I went back to the film by Douglas Gordon, and the relevance of celebrity and human focus.
I still think the full 90 minutes of the film had to be, for making you think about the endurance of these emotions.
And although this focuses on Zidane. For me this was only to give focus. It helps give a reference point in that vastness, the physical space occupied and the connectedness between players minds. Giving a idea of the loneliness within that, via the most direct form of human senses, sound. A personal sound scape that would ebb between cacophony and your own breathing.
And I still think the music was unnecessary, as was the background subtitle information. I thought the focus on bare, raw sound and vision was far stronger when left as it was.
I saw this film when it was first shown. I watched it on a pc not in the cinema.
This is the only free view I could find that didn't have the drama of Zidane's altercation, losing it and sending off. That part too I think, if seen by suspending any background knowledge and the influential music is all relevent. This clip just gives more sense of that raw focus.
And yes I get Kermodes rant about it. But only from the point of cinema.