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and this year’s su­perb

a study of Amer­i­can Samoa’s un­happy ad­ven­tures on the pitch. (2006), an ex­per­i­ment by Dou­glas Gor­don, ap­proaches that French gi­ant from an avant-garde di­rec­tion.

Does surf­ing count? If so than the fans can soak up Bruce Brown’s (1966), tales from Cal­i­for­nia in the boom years, and, for an Ir­ish per­spec­tive, Joel Con­roy’s fas­ci­nat­ing

(2008). If Road whets your ap­petite for moto- docs then it may be time to re­visit Asif Ka­pa­dia’s stir­ring

from 2010. Both films get across both the thrills and the in­sane dan­ger of their rel­e­vant sports; both are, by all def­i­ni­tions of the word, over­pow­er­ingly cin­e­matic.

By many crit­ics’ reck­on­ing, the best of the bunch – Steve James’s

(1994), fol­low­ing two US kids try­ing to make it as pro­fes­sional bas­ket­ball play­ers – has as much to do with fail­ure as it has to do with suc­cess.

You like cricket? Seek out Ste­van Ri­ley’s (2010), a cel­e­bra­tion of the West In­dian game. Com­pet­i­tive body-build­ing? A young Sch­warzeneg­ger still rat­tles the brain in (1977). You want a fas­cist cel­e­bra­tion of the Olympics. Well, shame on you, but you do have Leni Riefen­stahl’s (1938). Golf fans re­main, how­ever, un­der­served. Be­cause golf.

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