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Maradona [DVD]

Emir Kusturica    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Emir Kusturica
  • Producers: Jose Ibanez
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BD9DSE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,935 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Emir Kusturica directs this documentary about Argentinean football star Diego Maradona, regarded by many as the greatest player of modern times. From Buenos Aires to Naples and Cuba, Kusturica traces Maradona's life from his humble beginnings to the height of his worldwide fame.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky madness, I loved it. 15 Aug 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Most of the other reviews on this documadness hit the spot particularly those of Colin C and Axis. Annoying in parts yet utterly engrossing at others. The film shows the madness of King Maradona, opening him up at points to show his ugly innards. As Colin says it is a little short on footage of the true genius of this idiot-savant but I'm sure there must be other DVD's that cover his career properly. Maradona is as much a product of the abuse he suffered at the hands of coaches, club doctors, agents and advisors as he is of the way he abused himself, Jimmy Burns excellent book The Hand of God covers this and is a real eye opener. I really enjoyed this film and the quirky directing, editing and music add to the entertainment. Highly recommended as much to those that hate the man as to those of us that can't help liking him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Maradona - the documentary details the life of probably the greatest ever footballer through the eyes of filmmaker Emir Kusturica.

This is not a film showcasing Maradona's career from start to finish. There is an initial proviso for watching this documentary, which is that you must already be aware of his foot-balling contributions. You must be willing to accept that he is the greatest player of all time. This is because the filmmaker shares this very opinion and so do the rest of the people in this documentary. There are no comparisons to players such as Garrincha, George Best or even Eusebio; in fact no other player is ever mentioned. Instead it highlights his life after his football career ended and is mixed with renaissance, redemption and political issues alike. You get to see Maradona the person, Maradona the so called `god' like figure and the family man. It mainly focuses on the time he gained weight and was hospitalised during 2004. The life of Maradona is dealt with in a highly subjective manner and is more of a fusion between the Director's own philosophy and that of Maradona's `current' life.

Yes it is flawed and despite it being not quite what you would expect, it is still an enjoyable film and the unconventional nature of the filmmaker, coupled with his narration - is at times refreshing. You do get to see footage of some of his goals and the `goal of the century' is repeated throughout the film - but with a slight twist! There are also some scenes of Emir Kusturica's other films which are carefully constructed into the documentary so they look to fit the purpose.

This is in fact a raw film; its independent cinema which does not set out to please anyone.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its about Maradona AND Kusturica 25 Aug 2010
By Axis
Format:DVD
Im probably one of the few people that wanted to see this dvd becouse of Kusturica, not Maradona. I have probably watched all his movies and I concider him as Europe's most gifted director. I also grew up watching Maradona as a kid and he was one of my biggest childhood idols so when I saw this dvd in the store I just had to rent it.

Now to the movie. Its not a "usual" documentary about some famous sport star... its a documentary about Maradona MADE BY Kusturica. If you watched any of Kusturica movies, you wil understand what I mean. Its not your typical comedy, drama or whatever... its Kusturica. Some people like he`s movies other don`t.

Its same with this documentary. Kusturica shows Maradona as a person he is. There is lots of talk about politics, socialism, USA, drugs, Castro and so on. There are some hidden gems in the documentary like when Kustsurica drows comparation to some of he`s movies, but you have to understand the humor to get the point.

I think Kusturica did a great job, particularly by making Maradona to open him self and talk about he`s failings. Maradona said later in Cannes that nobady has managed to reach inside him as Kusturica did and tell what he was going through.

The humor is there, the music is great and if you like Kusturica and Maradona Im sure you gona like this dvd too.

Sorry for my poor english.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars False Profits 18 Aug 2012
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I am not bothered about his anti English sentiment as you can understand that most Argentinians are still annoyed we won the war. Maradonna comes accross as a kind of mad Michael Jackson figure. Still worshiped by fans but wrapped up in a Che Guevara persona that he is certainly a million miles away from.
More on his career would have been good. He was the best player I have ever seen at a world cup (86). Best player of all time he might be but this film is slightly wide of the goal.
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