(2010) dir Frederick Wiseman [91 min]
Legendary documentarian (and Cambridge resident) Frederick Wiseman returns to the Brattle screen with his newest film, BOXING GYM. Eschewing the languorous pace of his previous film, La Danse, Wiseman trains his unblinking camera-eye on a more kinetic subject – Lord’s Gym, and Austin, Texas institution. Founded sixteen years ago by Richard Lord, a former professional boxer, Lord’s welcomes people of all ages, races, ethnicities and social classes: men, women, children, doctors, lawyers, judges, business men and women, immigrants, professional boxers and people who want to become professional boxers train alongside amateurs who love the sport and teenagers who are trying to develop strength and assertiveness. Lord’s is an example of the American ‘melting pot’ where people meet, talk, and train. As is his usual technique, Wiseman allows the filmmaking to melt into the background, truly letting the people and the place speak for themselves.
“A crowning accomplishment.” – J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
“In the boxing gym, violence and beauty,” by Carlo Rotella, The Boston Globe
“Boxing film’s hook is it’s simplicity,” by Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe
“Boxing Gym is a knockout,” by James Verniere, The Boston Herald