There are 8 of us. https://t.co/75qkE0gMVk
Packed with never-released material, this documentary tells the life story of Muhammad Ali from angles we haven't seen before, even as it has a tendency to drift into hero worship. But filmmaker Clare Lewins assembles the material with style and personality, mixing home movies and previously unheard recordings with firsthand interviews with the people who know Ali best. Oddly, many of them speak in the past tense, which makes the film feel like a eulogy for a man who's still alive.
Watch any clip of Ali and it's clear that this man is a force of nature. In his heyday, his charisma was legendary, infusing new life into the boxing world when he emerged as Cassius Clay and was banned from boxing for refusing to participate in the Viet Nam draft. A lifelong activist, Ali has never compromised his principles, being true to himself while sticking up for those around him. He also broke rules by talking directly to the world through the media's cameras, chanting at and dancing around his competitors. But the film's most intriguing aspect is its depiction of him as a doting father who has always had time for his kids. At 72, he lives in Arizona with his wife, and is seriously ill with Parkinson's.
Everyone on-screen has been caught up in Ali's magic, with one noting that looking into his eyes is like seeing God. These kind of comments are a bit too intent on creating a legend while skipping over some of the grittier details of his life. Yes, Lewins seems to get caught up in the mythology as well. The film only briefly touches on his four marriages and children from extra-marital affairs, but it does spend some time exploring his more shocking public comments. Although even these are recalled through the prism of time, offering explanations and even redemption.
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'I Am Ali' is a documentary about the life of the boxing champion Muhammad Ali, as much as it is also a documentary about the people who were inspired and motivated by his image, or through meeting him. The documentary is told, in part, through never before heard audio journals from the boxing legend and human rights activist. Through his huge heavy weight career, as well as his racial justice and religious freedom avocation, Ali became a hero to many people. The film is set to be the third documentary about Ali, although with this new, more personal insight into the man behind the gloves, to could yet prove to be the greatest.
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Date of birth
10th January, 1949
There are 8 of us. https://t.co/75qkE0gMVk
With Tweeter and the likes so many people have a chance to talk about things past; if they’d had such platform 25 y… https://t.co/D7noGu8xcO
Well, it was only sports. We must look back with Joy and happiness that we were just part of it all. https://t.co/eEZdGoGAe1
I am been a father of 10, now 15 grands and 3 great grands. That is truly what drives me. Along with the best wife… https://t.co/yENJM3i50X
I can only remember 1, good punch he hit me with in Africa. Like shock could not believe it. But I was on the floor. https://t.co/Gv6PfzLC2x
Jerry has been around us all; read him and feel his excitement. Even my anger ( hahaha ) https://t.co/zsVUlS7zej
Sonny Liston and I, sparred daily when I was young. Glad we never fought; I loved the guy. https://t.co/JIRyETUZo7
Morrison out Foxed me! Didn’t expect he’d boxed as he did. Lots of respect for the late great Champ. https://t.co/QCilXhNACk
Honestly I cannot remember either guy’s punch? Ali, Lyle, Cooney and Italy’s champ in the Olympic are the only punc… https://t.co/xCSZlBPQcc
Even when I boxed I was never sure I could beat those guys: Hope took me a long ways. No reason to consider the pre… https://t.co/lPvnCwb7qC
We just looked things over; it was his night I was just on hand. https://t.co/rFkRcbaTgE
I’d always skip to “Aretha Franklin you got friend” Loved it. Not much else in training https://t.co/s85hrEh0JB
Jerry Quarry was very good against the bigger guys; a counterpuncher to boot. My camp was afraid of his style. https://t.co/gwbwSSCylq
Take a Look at one of the most fine men I have ever met. “Fred Hayman” some say was The father of Rodeo Drive. A hu… https://t.co/PSK5CmmgV5
@Willcwells 15 grands, 3 great grands. Sincerely
Lived to dance with my “Great granddaughter” what more can one ask? https://t.co/kSUL86JXYn
When we fight there’s always one more rd to go, one more bell to answer; But when quit and give up There nothing bu… https://t.co/QjHe9zBeqD
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RT @LarryHolmes75: @GeorgeForeman My man! Nothing but love and respect
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