A: Biography, dramaDirector: Asif KapadiaCast: Diego MaradonaRating:
Oscar-winning director( of Indian origin) Asif Kapadia, who crowned his uncanny ability to dig for unseen footage on sporting( Aryton Senna) and music megastars, with his win for ‘Amy,’ does it again with his latest, an insightful, lacerating expose on the Football genius, Diego Armando Maradona, who was as vilified as he was lauded all through his remarkable career.
Constructed from over 500 hours of footage from diverse sources, this intriguing compilation shows up the demi-God for what he is. Kapadia’s documentary consists largely of existing footage with voice-over commentaries from observers and important people who played an integral role in Maradona’s life. Even Maradona reminisces about his past in an off the cuff retort. The ensuing collage of significant moments from Maradona’s life plays out in euphoric resplendence.
Following a stint with Barcelona, Maradona, the highest priced footballer of his time, gets bought over by Napoli, one of the poorest clubs belonging to a poor city Naples, in Italy and the rest, as they say, is history.
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Kapadia sets up a thrilling opening with several cars racing to a pre-match Press conference at the gigantic stadium in Naples while intercutting that with archival footage of the glorious goals that were instrumental in anointing the footballer as a genius on the field. But right from the beginning, we are made aware of the dark shadow that trails Maradona’s many exploits. The involvement of the Camorra (an Italian Mafia-crime syndicate, one of the oldest and largest criminal organizations in Italy, which arose in the region of Campania and its capital Naples) led by the Giuliani family, in the sporting antecedents of Naples, is made clear when a reporter questions Maradona about their involvement and the President of the club decides to intervene and throw out the journalist for daring to raise it. Kapadia then segues through Maradona’s behind-the-scenes exploits as well as his on-the-field heroics, interspersing them with the drama of a life lived king size.
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