Directed by Frederick Wiseman (USA, 2010, 91 min.). Digibeta.

The subject of the film is an Austin, Texas, institution, Lord’s Gym, which was founded more than 20 years ago by Richard Lord, a former professional boxer. A wide variety of people of all ages, races, ethnicities and social classes train at the gym: men, women, children, doctors, lawyers, judges, business men and women, immigrants, professional boxers, and people who want to become professional boxers, alongside amateurs who love the sport and teenagers who are trying to develop strength and assertiveness. The gym is an example of the American “melting pot” where people meet, talk, and train.

“Scores of blue- and white-collar individuals drift through the frame, babbling about work, culture, or politics in between their frenzied breaths, without sharing the slightest hostile gaze. Their pacifism is almost enough to make Boxing Gym the anti-Rocky, a naturalistic reprimand to viewing the sport exclusively as a masculine cartoon.” —Eric Kohn, IndieWire

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