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Boxing Gym

Legendary documentary maker Frederick Wiseman follows his epic La Danse—The Paris Opera Ballet (2009) with another record of fancy footwork, this one courtesy of R. Lord's Boxing Gym in Austin, Texas. Maintaining his usual observational restraint, Wiseman surveys the crowded little facility as people from all walks of life come in to learn and train, and his movie draws no distinction between serious young contenders and regular folks just hoping to stay fit. Unfortunately, the movie is too narrow in scope to become anything but modern-day Americana; for all the bobbing and weaving, Lord's little business can't provide the sort of deep institutional intrigue that powers Wiseman's greatest works.

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Director:

  • Frederick Wiseman

Cast:

  • Richard Lord

Producer:

  • Frederick Wiseman

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