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Fake It So Real

Directed by Robert Greene
United States, 2011
Documentary, Sport
  • English
  • English, Italian
Shooting the Hip: The Cinematography of Sean Price Williams

Synopsis

A ragtag group of wrestlers in North Carolina prepare for their big show, as the over-the-top theatrics of the wrestling ring collide with the realities of the working-class South. The wrestlers aren’t paid for their passion, but they treat wrestling like any artist treats their work.

Our take

Closing our series on cinematographer Sean Price Williams is Robert Greene’s (Bisbee ’17) empathetic portrait of amateur wrestling. Capturing the paradoxical tenderness of the sport, the film subtly focuses on the mythmaking of wrestling and the escape it offers from the struggles of Southern life.

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Critics reviews

The image of green stalks rising from parched earth, of machinery and backs bent in dedicated toil, where previously lay fallow land, is indelible. It’s an image of hope so hardened we must look to Steinbeckian tropes to remember anything quite like it.
January 10, 2012
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