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Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait 2006 ****

Artist Douglas Gordon teams up with Phillipe Parenno for this art-installation piece, a feature film documentary in which, through a multi-camera system, a football match between Real Madrid and Villareal is shown from the point of view of one man ; Zinedine Zidane. With a throbbing soundtrack by Mogwai, and occasional but unimportant subtitles to reveal the thoughts of the great man, there’s no conventional narrative here, but if you can get into the swing, Zidane is a film that captures the idea of work like few others. As Zidane huffs and puffs in off-the-ball runs, it suddenly becomes apparent that the game feels very different than when seen on television, and reveals the amount of work it requires to provoke the seconds of activity that chance the course of the game’s destiny. The experiment was done before with George Best, but this version has a mood and energy of its own.

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