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Boxing in the cinema

3 Febrero, 2017  —  By

Since the unparalleled Charles Chaplin put boxing gloves on “City Lights,” in a comically memorable match, there have been many good films that have touched on the contradictory sport of boxing.

It is worth remembering that as early as 1926 Buster Keaton had shot “The Boxer”. And is that boxing stars directly or tangentially many of the best exponents of the history of cinema.

In particular, due to the relationship of sport with the most depleted sectors of society since the nineteenth century.

Boxing is the most chivalrous (even civilized) way of fighting, but above all, it is a ruthless discipline, which has historically enjoyed great prestige, especially among the popular classes.

It is no wonder, then, that he was a perfect traveling companion of the material and affectionate helplessness of some of the characters who have starred in a number of excellent films.

Rocco and his Brothers

Major works such as “Rocco and his Brothers” by Visconti, who in his greatness transcends boxing in the story of a poor family.

It offers tremendous moments, bitter and brutal, that barely allow the human kindness or tenderness that comes from any of the characters, such as the protagonist Rocco.

As a culmination of this tragic masterpiece is concluded with a moral lesson on guilt.

Raging Bull


In another great work like Wild Bull, by Scorsese, the real story of Jack the Mota is told. Here, boxing is a way of escape not to economic hardship but to a violent character, insufferable and complexed even sickly.
In Raging Bull, the pressure exerted from mob groups to rig fighting, one of the most historically proven boxing flaws, is also well and without excess.

The film also represented the only Oscar to the best awarded to the great Robert de Niro.

Returning to the issue at hand, boxing once again appears as a reinforcement of extreme situations and of necessity, social, economic or emotional.

The Champion, Fat City, The harder the fall and Body and Soul

Among the best works can not fail to mention “The champion”, “Fat city”, “The harder the fall” and “Body and soul”.

Rocky

Within the genre, it is impossible to omit the popular saga of Rocky, which embodies Silvester Stallone and only the first two films in the series are worth, and perhaps also the last by his evocations of the original Rocky.

 

Released in 1976, it became an authentic work of cult that managed to thrill an entire generation.

It relates, as contemporary epic, the story of a simple neighborhood thug, amateur boxer, with the opportunity to face the heavyweight champ.

The film is narrated with simplicity, leaving for posterity several memorable scenes like that of his morning training. The drama culminates in the boxing ring, over twelve rounds that have become mythical.

The music is another of its strengths, accentuating in the collective imagination to Rocky like the personification of the desire of overcoming.

As for the boxing setting it is necessary to recognize that verisimilitude gives way to emotion, since the defenders of the fighters are practically nonexistent, something that in a real combat would amount to a suicide.

Cinderella man, Ali, The Fighter and Million Dollar Baby

Of the more recent ones they emphasize “Cinderella man” and “Ali”, also “Million Dollar Baby”.

They are appreciable films that suffer from the spark and originality that characterized this subgenre in the seventies and eighties. Of the most recent it is worth “The Fighter”, even though it has gone quite unnoticed.

It is a quality tape that, without offering a novel argument, tells us a story of overcoming and legitimizing life through sport, or rather of success in sports.

One of his great successes is that the story does not fall into the topics, and merits the great and correct characterization of the characters, as well as the staging and development of the fighting.

Like many others is based on real events, it tells the story of Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), a former boxer of some crack, a crack addict who trains his younger half brother, ‘Irish’ Micky Ward (Mark Whalberg) .

Both siblings are under the protection and guidance of the possessive mother, married several times and surrounded by seven adult daughters who act as a cut round the matriarchy.

The characters, including husband and ex-husband, are the prototypical characters surrounding a professional boxer, although there are different and interesting nuances: like the pre-eminent affection of the mother for her older son Dicky, clumsily ignoring his addiction to drugs; And the appearance of Micky’s girlfriend, who will try to separate him from his family …

In this context, a documentary about Dicky is published, which tells of his fall into the world of drugs, a tragic and brilliant moment that coincides with his imprisonment and breaks the family unit.

Thus, we have in The Fighter the novelty of the family as a problem to become part of the solution thanks to the reinstatement of Dicky and the maturity of Micky Ward, who will face the title.

As in every good film, both the story and the characters move away from the artifices to focus on human feelings, with verisimilitude.

Thus, despite the growing unpopularity of boxing that marks the times, no lover of the seventh art will despise a good boxing drama.

They deserve, and much, worth ..