With 'Moneyball' and 'Warrior' in theaters, we survey the genre
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5. "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait" (Douglas Gordon and Philippe Pareno, 2006)
If you feel too many of my selections illustrate the seamier, less glamorous side of the sporting world, look no further than this breathtaking experimental documentary for your fill of poetry in motion. The idea is exquisitely simple, even if the execution can’t possibly have been: place 17 cameras on French soccer star Zenedine Zidane, then one of the game’s brightest lights, to record his movements for the real-time duration of an entire 90-minute match, interrupted only by a red-card barney in the final reel. The resulting ball ballet, a little like watching Zidane in 3D minus the pesky glasses, should captivate even those who call soccer, well, “soccer.”