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Thursday, September 30, 2010

BOXING GYM

By D.E.Levine

2010 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION

Director: Frederick Wiseman
Writer: Unscripted
Cast: Gym Attendees, Richard Lord
Running Time: 91 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Documentary

Frederick Wiseman has made a multi-layered, extremely interesting documentary about a community gym.

The film explores the gym, which concentrates on martial arts, and the varied attendees who join and train because of their interest in martial arts.

The gym membership pay $50 monthly, with no contracts or extra fees and are able to train as much as they want and can handle for that fee.

From the conversations with both the owner/manager Richard Lord and the gym attendees, the film was shot real-time without scripting or rehearsal.

It's an interesting look at the gym and the people who attend and will probably be more appealing to some who have a more intense interest in martial arts and the training necessary to achieve different goals and plateaus within that specialty.