Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)
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... treats its audience like a bunch of attention deficit disorder cases.
... accomplishes the minor miracle of making you mourn a sports team you likely never knew existed in the first place.
Once in a Lifetime, which relies on interviews and archival footage, may not be a great documentary, but it certainly gets its points across.
Once in a Lifetime would have benefited greatly from historical and outside perspective, but the story on screen is such a kick that even monotone narrator Matt Dillon gets caught up in the excitement.
A cavalcade of theatrical personalities, juicy war stories, unforgiven grievances and old-school cinema dazzle.
An energetic and often enjoyable documentary, particularly for soccer fans.
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Once in a Lifetime is a great documentary giving the American public a view into how the WORLDS sport almost became Americas sport in the 70s. The story is fascinating and the rifts that still exist between many of the people involved in the NASL and the Cosmos are played out on camera too comedic results. However Once in a Lifetime has one major flaw that makes it hard to really give it the credit it should deserve. How do you make a documentary about the Cosmos and the NASL and not interview the man who made it what it is? Pele needed to be interviewed. Beckenbauer, Messing, Roth and Chinaglia are great but without Pele the NASL never would have happened. Rumors are his asking price for footage was outrageous but again in order to gain credibility as a legitimate documentary it had do be done otherwise you are left with the entertaining yet lacking Once in a Lifetime.
[font=Century Gothic]"Once in a Lifetime" is a flashy and mildly interesting documentary about the rise and fall of the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League which was a moribund, semi-pro league until Warner Communications CEO Steve Ross stepped in and brought Brazilian soccer great Pele to New York. There are some fascinating parallels between the Cosmos and the Yankee teams of the same era, but the Yankees definitely had more personality.(I don't think there is a single reason why soccer has never flourished here. Maybe it is because the United States is a heterogenous country that already has several popular sports, each with their own devoted following. Certainly, nativism is too simplistic an explanation.) Included is archival footage of games along with interviews with management, coaches, players, sportswriters and even the mascot...and oh yeah, almost forgot, Henry Kissinger.[/font] [font=Century Gothic]The effect that the Cosmos had on soccer in the United States was almost negligible and it would not be until the 1994 World Cup, that soccer would be firmly established here with Major League Soccer. The overall mistake was in aiming too high, making the league too top heavy by signing expensive world players and concentrating them in New York, thus laying a foundation of cards. There would have been no problem with more modest aims in starting from the ground up. Plus, the North American Soccer League had 24 teams at its peak compared to 13 currently for Major League Soccer. The documentary lays the blame at the feet of egotistical star player Giorgio Chinaglia. Right reason but wrong ego. Steve Ross should get the lion's share of credit for the success of the league but also the blame for its downfall.[/font]
Interesting doc about the history of soccer in America in the 70's.
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