Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Once In A Lifetime
Film: Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos
Dir: Paul Crowder/John Dower
Starring: New York Cosmos
Ah, America. Will you never learn? Throwing money at something doesn't make it work. I love US documentaries - everyone on them seems to fit right into some cliche. The nerdy guy with a head full of stats, the business tycoon with money on the mind, the journalist obsessed with his own status... it's hilarious!
Among the luminaries interviewed on this documentary, however, are the down-to-earth and very talented stars of the New York Cosmos football team, including Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia, Rodney Marsh (not of NYC), Johan Cruyff and Carlos Alberto.
Hearing the conflicting sides of a story that people are quite passionate about makes for interesting watching. It makes you wonder what bizarre agendas these people have on their minds to create such fabrications.
The documentary perhaps overplays the importance of the NYC on world football, but you can't blame them for a bit of sensationalism. One thing in the favour of the NASL was the one-on-one, has to be a winner match ending mini game. I'd love to see that in the Premier League!
The documentary doesn't discover the truth, but it does tell an interesting story and shows some amazing footage of the world's greatest game being played by the then world's greatest players. If only Mexico 86 had gone to the US instead!