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This review is from: Klitschko [DVD] (DVD)
Written and directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt: Klitschko is a documentary film that tells the remarkable story of how two brothers born into a military family during the Cold War became international sports stars and became the first only brothers to hold all of the world heavyweight titles simultaneously.
In fact for nearly a decade these two Ukrainian giants have dominated world heavyweight boxing. Prior to this documentary film I knew them only as two polite, intelligent boxers who are great ambassadors of the sport. Outside of their boxing careers I realised I knew very little about them apart from the fact they enjoyed chess and were very close and supportive of each other.
This documentary gives the viewer a fascinating insight into the enigmatic and engaging Klitschko brothers. We go behind the scenes: in the dressing rooms, the gyms and training camps and into their homes. We meet their parents (sadly their father recently passed away) and learn just how important family has been in their development as boxers and as people.
I had no idea that their father was part of the clean-up operation of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. As children both brothers moved around a lot because their father was in the Soviet military. This clearly developed their personalities and relationship. Anyone that tackles a Klitschko psychologically at least is going toe-to-toe with both of them.
This also operates as a perfect time capsule, the portion of the film that shows the eldest brother Vitali visiting the USA as an amateur boxer during the last days of the Cold War is particularly fascinating and revealing of the attitudes and mindset of East Europeans and Soviets at that time. Although this happened recently it already feels like a part of ancient history.
The film follows both brothers move from amateur boxing to the professional code and basing themselves in Germany where they are both idolised.
Let's make one thing very clear: this is not a vanity project. We get the highs and the lows. The defeats and lowest points are highlighted just as much as the greatest triumphs and as a consequence a balanced and compulsive film emerges.
The injuries that boxers can sustain is also brought into sharp focus rather than glossed over, making it crystal clear just what a tough occupation the brothers have chosen. Past opponents are also interviewed giving their opinions on the sport and the brothers.
Nutrition, training techniques and boxing styles are all put under the microscope with no detail left out.
Promoters, managers, trainers and journalists are also interviewed and we have a fully rounded picture of the brothers and their impact worldwide.
If you are a fan of boxing this is unmissable. Even if you are not, this is the perfect vehicle for you to learn more about the sport and just what it is that boxers give in their quest for success and recognition.
Klitschko with its high production values, sharp editing, compelling characters and wonderfully engaging story has to be one of the best if not the best sports documentary films I have ever seen.
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Initial post: 24 Jul 2012 13:33:23 BDT
Jack O'Brien says:
True rags to riches story. Admire them both.
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