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De La Salle is the #1 high school football team in the nation and has been for 5 years. Having won 151 straight games and counting, De La Salle has the longest winning streak in the history... See full summary »

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De La Salle is the #1 high school football team in the nation and has been for 5 years. Having won 151 straight games and counting, De La Salle has the longest winning streak in the history of football. What De La Salle is not, is a series of X's and O's. 1 is a feature length documentary that chronicles a truly remarkable community, illustrated by one of the most significant sports stories of modern times. Many know that the De La Salle Spartans are a high school football team - second to none. What people do not know is that this accomplishment is the result of a yearly journey to become a cohesive community bound by love. Through the lens of first-time filmmakers, the audience shares a never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes look at an unparalleled story, team and community. Over the course of an hour and a half, the viewer participates in De La Salle's philosophy and experience of team throughout the season. The viewer witnesses firsthand the amount of time, dedication and commitment... Written by goingdigitalfilms

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It's not about X's and O's, it's about having faith in something larger than oneself. See more »

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A truly extraordinary meisterstuck of cinema
11 March 2004 | by (Frankfurt, KY) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this remarkable documentary at Cinequest, where it should have won top honors. It follows a high school football team through a year of its season - a team that hasn't lost a game in something like 13 years.

It runs like Euripides' Hecuba, with youthful pursuit (and its sacrifice) standing in for Polyxena; football as allegory for the shade of Achilles. For those of you who have read my reviews before, you know I rarely award a film "5 hammers" but I see no other choice in this case. It is both a compelling account of athletic triumph without common aesthetization of form at the expense of subject, and of passion without bearing the stigmata of traditional Hollywood gloss.

The film could bear to be more critical of its subject, but by no means panders to it. It is the sort of distended objectivity with the underpinning of extreme deliberation that I have not seen since Wimm Wenders.

-TWA


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