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Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring

Danny Leigh explores the elemental drama of the boxing movie, asking why film-makers from Stanley Kubrick to Martin Scorsese have returned time and again to tales of the ring.

Danny Leigh explores the elemental drama of the boxing movie. For over 120 years, boxing and film have been entwined and the fight film has been used to address powerful themes such as redemption, race and corruption. Film writer Leigh examines how each generation's fight films have reflected their times and asks why film-makers from Stanley Kubrick to Martin Scorsese have returned time and again to tales of the ring.

Interviewees include former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, Rocky director John G Avildsen and Thelma Schoonmaker, editor of Raging Bull.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 3 Jul 2017 02:35

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    The Heavy

    How You Like Me Now?

  • 00:16

    James Brown

    You Played Yourself

  • 00:16

    James Brown

    The Boss

  • 00:21

    Seán Ó Riada

    Mna Na Heireann

  • 00:35

    Tony Bennett

    The Good Life

  • 00:49

    The Cinematic Orchestra

    To Build A Home

  • 00:58

    Pietro Mascagni

    Cavalleria Rusticana (Intermezzo Sinfonico)

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Danny Leigh
Producer Allan Campbell
Director Angus McIntyre
Participant Lennox Lewis
Participant John G Avildsen
Participant Thelma Schoonmaker

Broadcasts

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