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Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait [DVD] [2006]

David Beckham , Zinédine Zidane , Douglas Gordon , Philippe Parreno    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Beckham, Zinédine Zidane
  • Directors: Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno
  • Producers: Anna Vaney, Rémi Burah, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, Victorien Vaney
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,162 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



An intriguing premise for a full-length feature, the idea behind Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait is simple. Back in April of 2005, Real Madrid--replete with Zinedine Zidane, arguably the world’s finest footballer at the time--played Villareal in the Spanish league. At that game, seventeen cameras were all trained on Zidane. The film? At heart, it’s 90 minutes of following the great man around a football field.

Yet it’s fascinating. Really. Save for the odd subtitled comment, and a not-entirely-comfortable compilation of the day’s news that’s interspersed at half time, the focus is purely one man playing a game of football. It’s not a raging success by any means, and there are moments in Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait where the interest level significantly drops. Yet when it works, it really works astoundingly well, and you’d be hard-pushed to find any other film that does anything even vaguely similar. It’s backed, it should be noted, with excellent supporting music too.

The 2006 World Cup, of course, gave Zidane’s career an ending it never really deserved. And while Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait isn’t a dish that everyone’s going to warm to, those that do will surely be left reflecting on one of football’s greatest geniuses, rather than one mad moment in Germany.--Simon Brew

Product Description

Turner Prize-winning artist and filmmaker Douglas Gordon teams up with French artist Philippe Parreno to create a work glorious in its simplicity.

The film was made by training 17 cameras, under the supervision of acclaimed cinematographer Darius Khondji, solely on footballer Zinédine Zidane over the course of a single match between Real Madrid and Villareal. Zidane himself recounts, in voice-over, what he can and cannot remember from his matches. Magnificently edited and accompanied by a majestic score from Scottish rock heroes Mogwai, this is not only the greatest football movie ever made, but also one of the finest studies of man in the workplace, an ode to the loneliness of the athlete and the poise and resilience of the human body.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical... 20 Feb 2007
I thought this film was tremendous. I rented it on Amazon, and now I'm going to buy it.

At first when it started, I slightly doubted the concept, as Zidane was not heavily involved, but as the game progressed, and his involvement increased, I was sucked right into the stadium alongside ZZ. I could feel the pressure of going a goal down at home; I won't spoil it by saying more about the game; you can hear the fans so clearly, the stadium audio is superb and soundtrack builds the tension as the clock ticks. This concept would not have worked with 'average' players who cannot control a ball as well ZZ etc. ZZ is a genius, and this DVD helps understand why. Some folk have mentioned Playercam on Sky, this is no comparison to that. Its loads better. The camera work, cinematography, the quality of the video, the audio quality picking up the players, fans, even just hearing ZZ scuffling along the grass is top class!!!

Well done to the directors, of which one was from Glasgow, my home town. I was lucky enough to see ZZ's Champions League goal at Hampden, and he's undoubtably the best player I've ever seen. I've been lucky enough to see him play twice. The DVD is brilliant. You really appreciate how good he is and how easy he made the game look. Playing alongside him in this DVD helps! :-)

A must for all football fans.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zen and the art of the chipped assist 24 Feb 2009
It's not surprising that this video divides opinion. For those expecting a biodoc of Zidane, or a highlights sequence it could come across as about as welcome as watching paint dry, but for the football/sports fanatic this DVD gives a unique insight into a day at the office for a world superstar. As Zidane admits, he'd have liked to have played the game of his life but, to quote from the film,`magic is sometimes very close to nothing at all.'

For a large part of this game Zidane's magic is kept under wraps, but one of the most notable features is his almost zen-like concentration as he stalks the pitch waiting to explode into action. For the football fan one of the major revelations is just how little communication there is between Zidane and his teammates - even after a goal little is said - he spends large stretches of the match completely silent, with the occasional furrowed brow or shake of the head to indicate displeasure, with a couple of words to the referee when he awards a dubious penalty.

Then, like a big cat sensing a kill, he's off, racing past a defender to deliver a perfectly weighted, chipped cross to the head of Ronaldo and the match is all square. Almost imperceptibly, the tempo of the game increases and Zidane gets more involved. Real go into the lead and the tension seems to drop. Roberto Carlos makes a quip and Zidane's impassive features break into a beaming smile, but it's as if the cap he's been keeping on his emotions is released and, when a fellow player is fouled he steams in - suddenly displaying the burst of rage that exploded in the World Cup final - and his game is over.

Like he says, it would have been good to have given a stellar performance, but as an intimate record of what it's like to play in the cauldron of the Bernabeu, it's worth watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 Aug 2007
If you appreciate a well made production, then you will appreciate Zidane. This film follows Zidane around the pitch with the soundtrack of Mogwai. This film uses excellent cinematography and is a fascination and unique insight into how Zidane plays on the pitch. A must for all Zidane fans and a must for all fans of great cinematography.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a must see, the film, which is what this is, leaves you spellbound. It actually feels like you are with the man! You feel as though you are him, you hear his breath, the other players even the ball zipping off the turf! Its a joy from start to finish and has to be enjoyed on a big screen and full surround sound.

Both of which I have, you have to be a real football fan to appriciate this. Zidane gets tackled once, in the game and after almost every touch you hear applause. It gives insight into his unpredictable side, which is really were the kicker lies!

This is a must for anyone who appriciated Zidane at Bordeaux, Juve, Madrid or for France The Worlds best footballer, The worlds best Football DVD!

I just hope this will be many in a series Ronaldinho & Gerrard Next please!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ZZ Top or ZZZZZ? 31 Jan 2007
If you like this title you may also like... Sky Sports Interactive's Player Cam.

It shouldn't work. Maybe even the most ardent football fan might cower at the idea of watching an average La Liga match from a couple of years ago in its entirety. But it does work. Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait manages, against all the odds, to be as brilliant as it is pretentious. It captures arguably the finest footballer of his generation in action. It's not Zidane's finest display, true, but there are glimpses of his genius with a football and an insight into the temperament which would ultimately bring his career to a less than glorious finale at the 2006 World Cup just over a year after this match was filmed. In truth there are segments of this film where what you see differs little from what you might watch while accessing the aforementioned Sky Sports Player Cam for a Premiership match, albeit with a superior director at the helm and a superior talent in focus, but the point remains: it's not going to be to everyone's tastes.

The audio is a different matter entirely: every spit, grunt, drag of the foot and, yes, kick of the ball is captured with impressive clarity, as well as the rare occasions where Zidanne speaks to his team mates, or tells the referee he should be ashamed of himself in a calm manner which those of us who see Wayne Rooney week in week out will not be accustomed to. At one point the noise from the crowd disappears (presumably due to technical trickery rather than boredom on the crowd's part) and all that is left are the sounds of the players on the pitch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 19 days ago by carolyn abadzis
4.0 out of 5 stars Zidane
Interestingly filmed documentary focusing on one player's (Zidane) role in a match. Not sure that it will allow for repeated viewing though.
Published 6 months ago by COSB 53
1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended
Boring show. I was anticipating all the great goals and moves by ZZ, but ended up ZZZZzzzzz ( sleeping )
Published 7 months ago by E. Sin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Post-Modern Movie
This movie is simple - it follows the great Zidane, at the end of his career, for a whole match - just followed consonantly by pitch side cameras. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gary White
5.0 out of 5 stars Zidane
Dvd sent and received in good working condition and was quick to arrive. A portrait of quite simply, in my eyes, the best player to have ever graced the green fields.
Published 12 months ago by Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars This film, just like Zidane, is a work of art.
This is one of the most unusual films that you'll ever see about sport. In this case, the subject is Zinedine Zidane, one of the greatest footballers of all time. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brett_Bloom
1.0 out of 5 stars Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait [DVD] [2006]
Zidane is pure class. Zizou is a legend for me and my friends. This guy was the peak of footballing ability and status for my generation. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jonny Two Times
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it says on the box
This was probably an interesting idea on paper. It may even be an interesting and well crafted exercise in film making but, whatever it is, it isn't a film about football. Read more
Published on 30 April 2012 by A.N.Midgley
1.0 out of 5 stars pretentious rubbish
Glad it only cost £3 as this film is the worst thing you could ever want to see. Seriously, watch ANYTHING else other than this garbage. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by Jon
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Massively dissapointed. I was under the impression that this would be a biographical film. Instead it's an artists love affair with zizu set on 1 match where he ends up getting... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2011 by A. Hayat
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