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Sunday, March 29, 2009

'I am not a man...I am Cantona'; or football/soccer films to watch



Two flms relating to football are forthcoming and look a little better than some of the previous ones (as Peter Bradshaw put it, 'an under-reported development in cinema is how football is now being excitingly filmed'). Firstly, the Damned United about Brian Clough's time in charge at Leeds (44 days) in 1974 and his ongoing rivalry with Don Revie. As a bonus it stars the excellent Michael Sheen. The dark and controversial novel by David Peace is made much lighter according to the reviews though there seems to be some agreement that the film still stands on its own merits. If you want a glimpse of 70s local tv (Yorkshire) sports interviewing, try this fantastic debate between Clough and Revie (the man Clough succeeded, hugely influential at Leeds and then England manager) the very same night, Scott Murray reports, after Clough was sacked. It is a fantastic historical piece. (Some people have said it wait for several minutes for this work, load in (or whatever the right terminology is) but it seems to work ok for me.)

The other big football related film event concerns my great hero, Eric Cantona. Cantona was, as you all know, the greatest player of the 1990s and massively influential in turning Man United (presently Champions of England, Champions of Europe, Champions of the World) into a major force. And the film is directed by Ken Loach! This is not so much a football film but more about a postman in Manchester who is a bit down and gets life guidance from visions of King Eric. The fantastic line of this title is in the trailer here.

18 Comments:

Anonymous roland said...

Um, James, I hadn't heard of Cantona before you mentioned him ...

March 30, 2009

 
Blogger John Lyons said...

Roland,

"Truly, you are like a seagull following the trawler", as our Eric Cantona the Philosopher would have put it (obscurely, granted).

James, how come you didn't come out as Cantona on the philosopher quiz you did the other day?

Will the clough film be on in Nottingham, I wonder...

March 30, 2009

 
Blogger John Lyons said...

Lincoln, I meant.

Nottingham, where the bloody hell did that come from. Clough has a lot to answer for!

March 30, 2009

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

Roland, that's like a dagger through my heart. Here are more words to ponder...

'I feel close to the rebelliousness and vigour of the youth here. Perhaps time will separate us, but nobody can deny that here, behind the windows of Manchester, there is an insane love of football, of celebration and of music.'

'idiot' - said to each individual member of the French Football Federation's disciplinary hearing after banning him for one month. It was extended to three.

John, you must have Clough on the mind. Sometimes I think the Cantona-Clough bluntness is needed inthe field. In fact, John, I reckon you can be the new Clough, leading reception history to its promised land!

March 30, 2009

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

Oh and he kicked and punched a member of the crowd who happened to be a fan of the far right British National Party. What is not to like?

March 30, 2009

 
Blogger John Lyons said...

Since Cantona didn't actually know he was a member of the far right when he did it, does that make him prescient too?

What a guy!

Incidentally, James, Cantona on FB put Liverpool five times into the "teams you love" application. Any comments? :)

March 31, 2009

 
Anonymous roland said...

Oh it looks like I am missing so much here ... All we have is regular shark sirens as they came out in force this summer

April 01, 2009

 
Blogger andrewbourne said...

How can he be a great player as his home ground was not Anfield, surely Dalgleish etc surpassed him as does God at present Gerrard

April 01, 2009

 
Anonymous steph said...

You're definitely in the wrong water Roland. All we have is the odd siren leading a boat or two astray. I haven't come across a shark yet. And apparently balls are oval anyway. Round ones are for dolphins.

April 02, 2009

 
Anonymous roland said...

Maybe it's because the sharks like Aussie beaches more...

April 03, 2009

 
Anonymous steph said...

Ho no ... they like Aussie flesh.

April 04, 2009

 
Anonymous roland said...

Seems to quite tasty.

April 06, 2009

 
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Anonymous steph said...

yes... greasy and boneless (or spineless)... :-)

April 07, 2009

 
Anonymous Sean said...

We need a talisman like Eric now, although Rooney's getting there...

Some of Eric's quotes are nowt but pretentious guff; what he did on the field is what counts.

Don Revie and Leeds United were made for each other.

April 07, 2009

 
Anonymous Sean said...

The Anfailed result's cheered me up a bit

Only a bit mind, we've our own house to order

April 08, 2009

 
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April 10, 2009

 
Anonymous Sean said...

That was clever :rolleyes:

April 15, 2009

 

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