[Marxism] Fwd: Requiem for a running back | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 8 14:08:43 MST 2017

In choosing the title “Requiem for a Running Back” for her profoundly 
moving documentary about football and CTE, director Rebecca Carpenter, 
the daughter of its subject Lew Carpenter, might have had the 1962 
teleplay by Rod Serling in mind. Serling’s “Requiem for a Heavyweight” 
starred Jack Palance as the boxer Harlan “Mountain” McClintock, who is 
at the end of his career and already showing signs of dementia 
pugilistica or “punch drunk syndrome”. In telling the story of her 
father, who was a halfback with the Green Bay Packers and other teams 
from 1953 to 1963, she conveys the same kind of dramatic intensity 
Serling brought to his teleplay. As is so often the case, the truth of a 
documentary reaches heights that no fiction can reach. The film, which 
opens on Friday at the Cinema Village in New York and the Gene Siskel 
Film Center in Chicago, now has the inside track for my pick as best 
documentary of 2017.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2017/11/08/requiem-for-a-running-back/

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