Thursday, March 30, 2017

Legendary Champions (1968)

Academy Awards, USA 1969

Best Documentary, Features
William Cayton

Directed by Harry Chapin
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia

Rare footage of the early days of boxing, including bare-fisted, is the main attraction of this documentary. Much of the footage is blurry and in poor condition, but sketches and photographs manage to fill in the gaps. Jack Johnson stands out among the many personalities presented, his friendly smile and easy going personality belying a tiger-like ferocity when he sets his mind to it in the ring. The late 60s muzak is a major distraction.

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