BBC iPlayer: Zidane A 21st Century Portrait (2006)

on Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Watch until 5.59am, Sun 27th June (UK users only)

SYNOPSIS: "Impressionistic and captivating film about the art of a great footballer and the intensity of a live experience. 17 cameras follow Zinedine Zidane ceaselessly during Real Madrid's home match against Villareal in 2005, and the resulting film depicts the entire 90-minute match entirely from his perspective." (

With England just about scraping through to the knockout stages of this year's football World Cup, I feel it's somewhat appropriate to point you towards football related programming. Even if what I'm actually pointing you towards is arguably a load of old rubbish.

I'm honestly not convinced that this "film" isn't a pisstake. Now, Zinedine Zidane was a magician on the football pitch (excepting this moment of madness, which he disappointingly refused to apologise for) but following him around a pitch for 90 minutes is surely not entertainment? So I put it to you to investigate and report back on whether you think that this is indeed worthy of a feature film or should be an art installation at best. I'm firmly in the latter camp.

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