The Sports Film: Games People Play (Short Cuts)
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After covering the genre's early history and theorizing its general characteristics, this volume then focuses on specific instances of sports films, such as the biopic, the sports history film, the documentary, the fan film, the boxing film, and explores issues such as gender, race, spectacle and silent comedy. Four major films are then closely analysed – Chariots of Fire, Field of Dreams, the Indian cricket epic Lagaan, and Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday. While recording American film's importance to the genre, the book resists the conventional over-concentration on American cinema and sports by its attention to other cinemas, for example the British, Indian, Australian, South Korean, Thai, German, New Zealand, Spanish, and so on, with the many different sports they depict.
wife Annie and daughter Karin, but replacing J. D. Salinger as the author sought by Ray with the invented black writer Terence Mann, a softened composite of Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin out of Salinger, who, like the latter, has become a non-publishing recluse, in his case disillusioned with the decline of 1960s radicalism. He is also a baseball fan who dreamed of playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers alongside Jackie Robinson, but has not watched a game since 1958, the year after the Brooklyn
other religious outsider is Deva Singh Sodhi, a fierce figure who learned cricket serving in the British army, a reminder of Sikh players for India (e.g. Bishan Bedi Singh and Harbhajan Singh). His presence not only restates India’s religious diversity, but the precariousness of Nehru’s secular state. Punjabi Sikh-on-Hindu violence marked the decade preceding Lagaan, linked to demands for Sikh independence and resulting in the army operation against the armed rebels in the Golden Temple at
a film with war scenes become a war film? When does a film with songs become a musical? While there is no doubt about Rocky’s (John G. Avildsen, 1976) centrality to the genre, in Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers/Rocco e i suoi Fratelli (1960), where boxing plays an important symbolic role, we are likely to feel less that it is the generator of the film’s extended meanings than a particular manifestation of them and that for this reason the film belongs on the most distant fringes of the
Chennai 600028 (cricket) (India, Tamil language), Venkat Prabhu, 2007. Cinderella Man (boxing) (US), Ron Howard, 2005. City Lights (boxing scene) (US), Charles Chaplin, 1931. The Club (Australian Rules football) (Australia), Bruce Beresford, 1980. Coach Carter (basketball) (US), Thomas Carter, 2005. Cobb (baseball) (US), Ron Shelton, 1994. College (athletics) (US), James W. Horne, 1927. The Color of Money (pool) (US), Martin Scorsese, 1986. Cool Runnings (bobsleigh) (US), John Turteltaub, 1993.
‘Sports Illustrated’s Top 50 Sports Movies’, ‘The Most Overused Sports 10 Sports_film_pages.indb 10 15/1/14 15:03:47 THE SPORTS FILM Movie Clichés’, ‘The Ten Greatest Sports Movie Motivational Speeches’, the latter two, beneath their banality, appealing to audience knowledge of conventions shared by many sub-types (in the clichés list ‘A down and out coach is given one last shot … the players overcome race relations or gang violence, and are brought together by being a team… The coach can’t