Saturday, January 26, 2008

When We Were Kings (1996, Leon Gast)

Without a doubt one of the best documentaries I have seen. The fact that it was decades in the making makes it all the better. The way it presents the film using the original footage of Ali preparing for his fight against Foreman in Africa mixed in with interviews from modern day with the people involved along with admirers of Ali makes it one of the best sports films that I have seen as well.

I know of Ali and his legacy but I never knew about it fully until watching this documentary. You really get a sense of why he was such a legend in his own time and an icon now. I loved it and made me appreciate a time in history that I didn't know much about.

- ****

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