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The World Cup is in full swing (or over already for England fans…), so what better time than to put your knowledge of cinema and the beautiful game to the test in our the latest Sunday Quiz here at Flickering Myth as we ask, ‘Do You Know Your Football Movies’? Can you manage to get all ten?
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- Gary Collinson
Even the best football movies struggle to capture the sport's drama on film. The worst (and there are many) are truly abysmal
Why has cinema found football to be such a tricky customer? Football scenes in film and television are traditionally very awkward affairs, with the "defenders" tip-toeing nervously around the "attackers" as they advance, the goal finally coming via the sort of impractical flying volley you just never see on a real pitch. It's clearly very difficult to let someone score a script-dictated goal while pretending to try to stop them but, at the same time, trying not to look like you're pretending to try to stop them. Perhaps they teach it at Rada, who knows?
Furthermore, filmmakers have the challenge of adding a fictional big-screen gloss to what is already an overwhelmingly camera-friendly and consistently dramatic spectacle in its own right. Real-life football already has its own "script »
- Adam Hurrey
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