Boxing Gym (2010)
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Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman (Missile, Domestic Violence) profiles Lord's Gym in Austin, TX, offering viewers a glimpse into the lives of both its owner -- former professional boxer Richard Lord -- and the eclectic mix of people who come to train at the gym on a regular basis. From aspiring heavyweights to casual pugilists, everyone is welcome at Lord's Gym, and its easygoing owner is always happy to offer some helpful tips to live by. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Oct 22, 2010 Limited
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Even with no traditional narrative, there are wonderful discoveries to be made in Wiseman's film, which is a nice complement to the experienced director's ballet-themed last feature, "La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet."
I find Wiseman's anti-narrative vow of chastity off-putting; I like a story with my pictures.
Don't go to Boxing Gym expecting pugilistic melodrama about long-shot underdogs. There's not an ounce of fat or cliché in Frederick Wiseman's new documentary.
For legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman to follow La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet with a film set in a down-market Texas boxing gym seems unlikely -- until you see Boxing Gym, and how it and its subjects dance.
Frederick Wiseman must drive certain nonfiction filmmakers crazy. He makes it look too easy.
In a year filled with angry, sociopolitical documentaries, it's my favorite.
Proves once and for all that documentary heavyweight Frederick Wiseman's mesmerizing fly-on-the-wall filmmaking style -- in addition to being endlessly compelling -- is also infinitely adaptable.
Of a piece with Wiseman's filmmaking philosophy, and fits snugly into the whole of his work, even if...it's a relatively minor example of it, at least in terms of length.
The soundscape, too, is endlessly fascinating, a layer cake of squeaks, grunts, gasps, and rattling chains that, combined, catches a rhythm that sounds an awful lot like song.
The film, which as usual eschews voice-overs and soundtrack music, is a chorus of labored breathing, an unblinking, at times beautiful recording of real-life,
Wiseman records the rituals of repetition (speed bag and footwork) in poetic long shots that often have two pugilists side by side, each unaware of the other. The cadence is both primal and hypnotic.
[N]one of the boxing movie stereotypes -- Wiseman has found in Austin a very unusual boxing gym. . .for a kind of physical therapy. . .The lack of violence is emphasized.
Getting audiences outside the area of interest to "Boxing Gym" may be a tough sell, but anyone who appreciates the art of documentary filmmaking will be glad they bought. It's marvelous.
Frederick Wiseman has been making documentary films for nearly half a century and the quality and character of his works have always shown through. Boxing Gym is no exception and he shows the grace and beauty of recreational boxing.
The film examines what violence looks like when it's a controlled outlet, as opposed to a spontaneous one.
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