Soccer, as Seen by the Soccer Player

"Zidane" looks at a full match via a player in the match.

Ariel Nava

Many of us have watched hours upon dayss of World Cup in recent weeks. So many hours that we may feel we could play a full match if called upon, and had the appropriate shoes.

But what is it truly like, to be in the game? To feel the pressure and thrill of taking the middle of the field with the ball under your feet? "Zidane: A Twenty-First Century Portrait," a film featuring soccer star Zinedine Zidane, looks at just that. It's the game from one player's on-the-ground viewpoint, and it's screening at the Hammer Museum on Tuesday, July 6 at 7 p.m.

The Hammer calls it "halfway between a sports documentary and a conceptual art installation"; the music by Mogwai surely lends itself to the offbeat genre pairing. And that an entire game is presented in full is not something one typically sees in a documentary; where we're often treated to highlights and lowlights, rather than all of the lights, high and low.

The entire game, if you're wondering, is from 2005, and features Real Madrid squaring off against Villareal.

It's a free screening, but you'll need a ticket. You'll want to see it if you're looking for something to fill out your semi-finals week watching; it is surely a fine complement to the action in South Africa. And you'll probably want to see this intriguing video clip, too.

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