Boxing Gym (2010)
Boxing Gym (2010)
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Critic Reviews for Boxing Gym
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.
Audience Reviews for Boxing Gym
Reflective and trancelike. Brilliant.
Explores the world of a boxing gym in Austin, Texas, dwelling on the discipline of training as people from all walks of life aspire to reach their personal best. The film examines what violence looks like when it's a controlled outlet, as opposed to a spontaneous one. The only word of caution is that Boxing Gym is all without comment, letting the rhythm of the place tell the story, so be prepared to pay attention to everything you see and hear. One critic said of Boxing Gym: 'The soundscape 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'.
A simple premise, the interworkings of a boxing gym in Ausin, Texas. Just you and the people in the gym, but intriguing, poetic, and real.
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