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New German Cinema: The Films of Hellmuth Costard

Friday, November 9, 1979
7:00 p.m. Football (Soccer) as Never Before (Fut Ball Wie Noch Nie)
Hellmuth Costard (1970)

Hellmuth Costard in Person!


Costard used six cameras to record the motions of professional soccer wing-forward George Best during the course of a game between his team, Manchester United, and Coventry City. What makes this an uncommon sports film is its dogged concentration on the figure of Best; he runs, he strolls, he waits and the crowd roars, but isolated by the camera he’s a man without a context and the audience is caught in the act of restoring him with a narrative. Like The Oppression of Women..., Football as Never Before is an absorbing meditation that resembles a sustained experiment: What happens when you remove the subject of your “story”?

• Directed by Hellmuth Costard. Produced by Walter Grassman. Co-Produced by Ken Stanley. Photographed by Stanislav Szomolanyi, Manfred Treutel, Diethard Matzka, Fritz Schwennicke, Wolfgang Fischer, Juergen Juerges, Peter Kaiser. Edited by Ingrid Fischer. Sound by Horst Frigerio. Technical Supervision by Dieter Milser. With George Best. (1970, 99 mins, color, Print Courtesy of filmmaker and The Goethe Institute)