The man and myth of Maradona is explored in this new documentary by Academy award-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy).
In July 1984, Argentine football superstar Diego Maradona arrived in Naples to play for the ailing football giant SSC Napoli. The world’s most celebrated football genius and one of the most dysfunctional cities in Europe were a perfect match for each other. On the pitch, Diego was a genius. Off the pitch, he was treated like a God. The charismatic Argentine loved a fight against the odds and led Napoli to their first-ever title. It was the stuff of dreams.
But there was a price… Diego could do as he pleased while performing miracles on the pitch but, as time passed, darker days closed in.
Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona’s personal archive, Asif Kapadia’s latest documentary deftly explores the complicated dynamic between talent and fame, artistry and performance, Diego the man and Maradona the icon.
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