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First Trailer for Gabe Polsky's New Sports Doc 'In Search of Greatness'

"This is not the story of who, this is the story of why." The first great trailer has debuted for a new sports documentary titled In Search of Greatness, described as a "groundbreaking" film about the true nature and nurture of the greatest athletes of all time. What makes these people so great, how do they become champions, is it in their blood or something else? In Search of Greatness is the next doc made by filmmaker Gabe Polsky, who made the fantastic hockey doc Red Army (which I still recommend). Polsky describes his intent here: "That the systems meant to cultivate us often stifle us instead, discouraging qualities that typically define those who leave a mark on the world: imagination, instinct and individuality. In a culture at risk of losing its soul to systems of all varieties, these ideas seem more vital than ever. How can a society so
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Oscars: 'In Search of Greatness,' Early Doc Contender, Releases First Trailer (Exclusive)

Oscars: 'In Search of Greatness,' Early Doc Contender, Releases First Trailer (Exclusive)
We've barely made it through the first quarter of 2018, but an early contender for the best documentary feature Oscar has emerged: Gabe Polsky's In Search of Greatness, a dynamic exploration of what separates our greatest athletes from all the rest — and The Hollywood Reporter is unveiling its trailer at the top of this post.

I was offered a sneak peek of In Search of Greatness, which will be rolling out in the near future, and I can report that it is every bit as engrossing as the last doc that Polsky directed, Red Army, which was one of the best...
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DVD Review: 'Red Army'

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★★★★☆ Until now, the confluence of sport and politics during the Cold War has been portrayed in more simplistic and unambiguous terms in narrative features like Rocky IV (1985) and Miracle (2004). Premiering at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Gabe Polsky's immensely enjoyable documentary Red Army (2014) zeroes in on that same period of history in an altogether more engrossing and studied fashion. Polsky here brings that same restrained, unfussy style of filmmaking evident in his underrated The Motel Life (2013).
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Film Review: 'Red Army'

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★★★☆☆ The 1980s might have seen a thawing of Cold War tensions between the Us and the Ussr but in sport, when East played West the whole world was watching. Sporting events between the two nations were seen as surrogates of the war, and although the Soviet dream was fading, The Ussr's ice hockey team continued to dominate throughout the decade. Gabe Polsky's latest documentary, Red Army (2014), attempts to capture the eccentricities and absurdity of an era when sport became an extension of politics.
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Red Army review – ice hockey meets cold war ideology

The Soviets’ battles with the Us, on and off the ice, are relived in this documentary

Gabe Polsky’s documentary is nominally about ice hockey, but culture and politics provide the driving force as the Russians go head to head with the Americans in a battle of ideology, economics and art. At their peak, the Soviet team worked as a collective, the sporting embodiment of a socialist ideal that didn’t translate easily to the free market of the NHL. Former team captain Viacheslav “Slava” Fetisov, now a member of the upper house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, is in taciturn form as he recalls his fights with the authorities while remaining defensively loyal to the motherland.

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Red Army review – touching cold-war tale of a Soviet ice hockey soldier

The story of Slava Fetisov, the Soviet ice-hockey player who morphed into an international star is at the heart of this fascinating documentary

Writers and documentarists have already analysed the cold war aspect of chess. Now film-maker Gabe Polsky does the same with ice hockey, focusing on legendary Russian player Slava Fetisov, whose career embodies a greater story. He morphs from being a 70s Soviet soldier of hockey to a well-paid international star in the free-market Us after the 90s, and finally welcomed back to his homeland as a slightly chilling Putin apparatchik and ambassador for the game. He is a hilariously difficult and truculent interviewee. For decades after the second world war, the Soviet international hockey team ruled the world, and being officially affiliated with the Red Army, its players really were cold warriors. Their confrontations with the American team provided the sports world with some exciting ideology clashes on the ice rink.
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Red Army: how to woo a cold-war ice hockey hero

Viacheslav Fetisov, adored former sportsman and friend of Putin, took some persuading to appear in Gabe Polsky’s documentary about the Ussr’s imperious group of ice hockey players. ‘But he was stubborn,’ says the Russian veteran

For Gabe Polsky, the chance to finally meet Viacheslav “Slava” Fetisov was a godsend. It was 2012 and for months Polsky, a young film-maker from Chicago, had been desperate to interview Fetisov, one of Russia’s most beloved sporting heroes. Now, in Moscow, his quarry was sat before the camera, a politician these days, brawny but smartly dressed. He didn’t look at Polsky though. He just stared at his phone, smirking slightly. Polsky asked questions, coaxed and prompted. Fetisov was unmoved. Until, eventually, he put up his middle finger.

So begins Red Army, a new documentary about the Soviet Union and the grand sweep of history; about loyalty and betrayal; and about ice hockey,
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Red Army Review

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During the opening credits of Gabe Polsky’s debut documentary – and only his sophomore endeavour following on from The Motel Life – we notice a couple of recognisable names appear, as not only was the late, influential producer Jerry Weintraub involved, but he was joined by master documentarian Werner Herzog. As the title progresses, it

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Exclusive New Red Army Clip

Exclusive New Red Army Clip
If you crossed Rocky IV with The Mighty Ducks (or better yet, Slap Shot) and made it as a documentary, you might get somewhere close to Red Army. Director Gabe Polsky’s doc takes us behind the Iron Curtain for a gripping look at one of the greatest sports team in history: the Soviet Union’s ice hockey side of the late ‘70s and 1980s. Take a look at an exclusive new clip from the film below.This footage delves into some of the tension at the story’s heart. The Soviet team’s coach Viktor Tikhonov, the closest the film comes to a villain, is the gimlet-eyed fanatic charged with coaching the team to Cold War supremacy. He keeps them under lock and key for all but a handful of days every year, drilling them into joyless automatons without ever quite extinguishing their genius for improvisation and creativity. As the clip reveals,
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Ocean's stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Don Cheadle pay tribute to Jerry Weintraub

Ocean's stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Don Cheadle pay tribute to Jerry Weintraub
Hollywood is mourning one of its own today, following news of legendary producer Jerry Weintraub's passing on Monday (July 6), aged 77.

Stars from his Ocean's movies including George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Don Cheadle have shared their condolences, as well as The Way producer Gabe Polsky and director Douglas McGrath.

"In the coming days there will be tributes, about our friend Jerry Weintraub," Clooney said in a statement. "We'll laugh at his great stories, and applaud his accomplishments. And in the years to come the stories and accomplishments will get better with age, just as Jerry would have wanted it.

"But not today. Today our friend died. To his family and friends, Amal and I send our love. And to those who didn't know him we send our deepest sympathy. You would have loved him."

Pitt said: "He was an absolute original. I loved him and will genuinely miss him,
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Daily | Ebertfest 2015

This year's Ebertfest opens today and runs through Sunday, and we're collecting notes on the lineup: Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage, Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Godfrey Cheshire's Moving Midway, James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour, Céline Sciamma's Girlhood, George Fitzmaurice's The Son of the Sheik, Robert De Niro's A Bronx Tale, Damián Szifrón's Wild Tales, Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky's The Motel Life, Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes and Ethan Hawke's Seymour: An Introduction. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Ebertfest 2015

This year's Ebertfest opens today and runs through Sunday, and we're collecting notes on the lineup: Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage, Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Godfrey Cheshire's Moving Midway, James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour, Céline Sciamma's Girlhood, George Fitzmaurice's The Son of the Sheik, Robert De Niro's A Bronx Tale, Damián Szifrón's Wild Tales, Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky's The Motel Life, Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes and Ethan Hawke's Seymour: An Introduction. » - David Hudson
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Ebertfest Adds Stephen Dorff Tribute, Seymour Bernstein Master Class and More

Ebertfest Adds Stephen Dorff Tribute, Seymour Bernstein Master Class and More
On behalf of his 2012 film "The Motel Life," Stephen Dorff will attend the 17th annual Ebertfest this year. Directed by Alan Polsky (a producer on Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant") and Gabe Polsky (director of 2014 doc "Red Army"), this working-class crime drama got a very positive review from Roger Ebert. The film was part of Dorff's career renaissance after getting a boost from Sofia Coppola's meandering "Somewhere." Also revealed is a list of panel discussions taking place at this year's Ebertfest from April 15-19 in Champaign-Urbana. On Sunday, April 19th following a screening of director Ethan Hawke's "Seymour: An Introduction," the film's subject, famed pianist Seymour Bernstein, will conduct an onstage master class with University of Illinois students. This year’s panel discussions, featuring many of the directors, actors, critics and other festival guests, including Heloise Godet, Godfrey Cheshire, Scott Foundas,...
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Red Army – The Review

Anyone over the age of 40 remembers one of sports’ most famous moments, the “Miracle on Ice” – when the United States Men’s Hockey Team beat the Soviet Union in a breathtaking upset at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY.

Knocking out the Soviets led the U.S. team to the Gold medal round against Finland, where they triumphed and relegated the Soviet Union to second place and the Silver medal.

The Silver medal was definitely not what the Soviet team was expecting, and it marked the end of what had been the Soviet Red Army hockey dynasty – the most successful dynasty in sports history.

Told through the eyes of team captain Slava Fetisov, Red Army is a gripping tale of both sports and politics in the former Soviet Union. For them, hockey was everything. Parents would send their sons (some as young as 5 years old) to the yearly tryouts
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Glasgow 2015: 'Red Army' review

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★★★★☆ If you thought ice hockey was just Canadians and punch-ups, then Gabe Polsky's documentary Red Army (2014) may come as a cool eye-opener. Featuring candid interviews with the surviving members of the Soviet Union team, as well as chunky 1970s-80s footage with some slick graphics thrown in, Polsky paints a vivid picture not only of this dynamic sport but also of a country in the throes of seismic changes. Having queued for hours, Viacheslav Fetisov failed his first audition to enter one of the most prestigious academies of ice hockey, but returning the next year was accepted and recruited into the army at the age of eight in order to be trained as an ice hockey player.
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"Grand Budapest," "Imitation Game," "True Detective' Win Big at 2015 Writers Guild Awards!

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won the Original Screenplay honor at the recently concluded Writers Guild Awards while Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" took home the Adapted Screenplay trophy. "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swarts" written by Brian Knappenberger won Documentary Screenplay award. The film is not nominated for an Academy award.

In TV land, HBO's "True Detective" won the Drama Series award and FX's "Louie" received the Comedy Series trophy.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards:

Feature Film

Original Screenplay

Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films

Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight Winner

Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films

Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics

Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper,
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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards

‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards
Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.

HBO’s “True Detective” and FX’s “Louie” each took a pair of TV trophies.

“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”

Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.

“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.

“Grand Budapest” won over the scripts for “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,
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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards

‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards
Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.

HBO’s “True Detective” and FX’s “Louie” each took a pair of TV trophies.

“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”

Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.

“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.

“Grand Budapest” won over the scripts for “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,
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Red Army Movie Review

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Red Army Movie Review
Red Army Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade:  B+ Director:  Gabe Polsky Screenwriter:  Gabe Polsky Cast:  Slava Fetisov, Vladimir Pozner, Viktor Tikhonov, Alexei Kasatonov, Vladimir Krutov, Vladislav Tretiak, Scotty Bowman, Anatoli Karpov, Lawrence Martin, Lada Fetisov Screened at:  Review, NYC, 1/8/15 Opens:  January 23, 2015 When the modern Olympic games were established, the idea was that countries of various stripes would get together, the participants and fans getting to know one another better, and lo, everyone would be singing Kumbayah.  Things turned out differently, as the Olympic games became yet another competition among the various nations, the Nazi government in 1936 using  [ Read More ]

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Film Review: Life, Geopolitics & Hockey in Excellent ‘Red Army’

Chicago – How often can we learn life lessons from the most unlikely of sources? The documentary “Red Army” is one such source, as director Gabe Polsky tells the story of the Soviet Union hockey team, which expands to the the very parameters of human nature and competition.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

There is something poetic about the way the leadership in the Soviet hockey program conducted their vision, and Polsky was able to capture all the poetics within the development, nurturing and victories that the teams experienced – from the 1950s through the 1980s – and the psychology of it all. If this sounds strange it’s supposed to be. It was like delving into a prism, and the closer the introspection became, the more complexity and truth was revealed. The fall of the Soviet Union also had a profound impact on the foundation of the team, as the purpose of performing for nationalism is
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