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48 Hours with Muhammad Ali (2019)

Short | 15 min | Documentary, Short

In August 1974, photojournalist Peter Angelo Simon was invited to experience the private world of one of the most famous people on the planet. In a small Pennsylvania hotel, around 4.30am, Peter was awoken by a loud knock at his door. "...See moreIn August 1974, photojournalist Peter Angelo Simon was invited to experience the private world of one of the most famous people on the planet. In a small Pennsylvania hotel, around 4.30am, Peter was awoken by a loud knock at his door. "Grab your pants and camera, the Champ is running!". The person in question was Muhammad Ali who would soon be attempting to regain his world heavyweight title. A title stripped from him, punishment for his refusing the Vietnam draft seven years earlier. His opponent was to be the brutal, undefeated George Foreman. The venue, Zaire, Africa. The fight would be dubbed "The Rumble in The Jungle". In an intimate, stream of consciousness, Peter reveals in words and extraordinary photographs, what happened during his unique 48 hours with Muhammid Ali at his private retreat, deep in the Pennsylvanian countryside; a place dubbed 'Fighters Heaven'. He shot 33 rolls of film. What he captured reveals aspects of Ali's fascinating character not previously or since seen. Most of the photographs appear on film for the very first time. Peter, in his New York studio, discusses his process, his impressions of Ali, the legacy of this monumental moment and the allure of photography to us as human beings and as an art form in its own right. Few photographers got as close to the boxer behind the legend. This hypnotic and dreamlike film reveals the preparation for a seminal moment in cultural and political history and is a fascinating insight into the creative process of an American photographer of significance. See less
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Jun 6, 2019 (United Kingdom)

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Muhammad Ali
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Angelo Dundee
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9.2 / 10 | 6 votes