Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

Posted in artlies, jalouse by nerdlette on 13 June 2008

Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle (Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait) is a documentary film by British artist Douglas Gordon and French filmmaker Phillippe Parrano. The film follows Zidane in real time through a single game accompanied by a moody, ambient score from Scottish band Mogwai.

I am not sure what it is exactly that I find so transfixing about Zizou but I think it has something to do with his ability to appear a calm center–the eye of the storm. Totally focused and unaware of his own raw energy. The best athletes in the world seem to make it look effortless. And if one considers that neuroscience shows us that watching someone perform a physical action activates the synaptic pathways in our own mind that would be used to perform the same actions with our own bodies. Perhaps the allure is the vicarious experience of active peace.


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