111 minutes, U.K.-U.S.A., 2014, Colour, D-Cinema

Closing this Thursday, December 4th

Having occupied an undisputable position as a defining icon of the 20th century, the life story of Mohammad Ali has been frequently told in film and literature. Clare Lewins’ enthralling documentary features incredible archive footage and allows the people who were closest to the man tell his story, an inner circle of family and friends that includes his daughters, sons, his ex-wife and his brother, who speak with enormous affection for Ali while refusing to ignore some of his human faults and failings.

The greats from the fight world, including George Foreman and Mike Tyson, are represented here, too, though what marks the film out from other biographical projects is unprecedented access to Ali’s personal audio archive, which includes some touching telephone communications he had with his family while he was away from them during his illustrious boxing career. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)

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