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Michael Laudrup: A Football Player

Original title
Michael Laudrup - en fodboldspiller
Year
Running time
74 min.
Country
Denmark Denmark
Director
Screenwriter
Jorgen Leth
Music
Randall Meyers
Cinematography
Dan Holmberg
Cast
Producer
Zentropa Entertainments
Genre
Documentary | Soccer/Football. Sport Documentaries
Synopsis / Plot
With a title parallel to the portrait of ballet dancer Peter Martins, this is also a conventional film portrait, this time of football star Michael Laudrup at the height of his career with the F.C. Barcelona dream team. The film follows Laudrup and his team during training and in matches as they successfully defended their Spanish league championship in spring 1993. Laudrup and the team manager Johan Cruyff present their football philosophy. From the wheel of his car as he drives through Barcelona Laudrup talks about himself and his career, and a number of fans are allowed to describe his qualities as a player. The game is shown by 16 mm footage from the side line, by the use of tempo changes emphasising the ballet-like aspect of Laudrup's movements, and in television footage filmed from the screen as documentation of Laudrup's achievements as a player, as shown here first and foremost by way of goals. The film seems a touch unstructured but it starts and ends with F.C. Barcelona.
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