Once in a lifetime

Director: John Dower and Paul Crowder

USA • 2006 • 92 MIN

Once in a Lifetime is a richly layered documentary chronicling the New York Cosmos’ soccer team and its existence during the decadent 70s, produced by John Battsek (One Day in September) and directed by John Dower (Live Forever). The film tells the story of the rise and fall of the (in)famous New York soccer club, coupled with a portrait of American popular culture in the late 1970s. Through random, ego-driven and/or impulsive decisions, the team’s flamboyant larger than life teammates and executives made a hit success with a fan base including everyone from the fashion, music, art, political and business worlds.

A Boogie Nights of football, the film uses a combination of stunning previously unseen archive, great music and interviews, to tell the story of the glory, glamour, debauchery and the inevitable disaster of New York’s very own Soccer Franchise.

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