KICK­ING & SCREAM­ING

Esquire (Malaysia) - - MACHINERY -

(1995) Di­rected by Jean-claude Bra­gard

The BBC’S six-part his­tory of English foot­ball is hard to find in full on Youtube and was last re­peated in 1998. A talk­ing-heads-and-clips clas­sic, it draws a line from un­reg­u­lated vil­lage-ver­sus-vil­lage ball games, of the type that sur­vives on bank hol­i­days to­day, to the birth of the Premier League. It has a lot of lit­tle-seen footage, and an un­der­stated sense of hu­mour. Scot­land’s De­nis Law ends the episode about 1966 and all that: “I was play­ing golf in Manch­ester and, un­like Manch­ester, it was rain­ing. There were two of us on the course. The guy I was play­ing with was aw­ful. And he beat me. As we turned the cor­ner of the course, all the mem­bers were at the win­dow [of the club­house]. Eng­land had won 4–2. I thought it was the end of the world.”

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