Diego Maradona’s film biopic ‘pins the blame for his misfortunes on others’

IN that infamous 1986 World Cup quarter-final game against England, both sides of the Argentina legend Diego Maradona came into focus – the “Hand of God” followed by a sublime piece of solo skill.

Saint and sinner in a single game.

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Asif Kapadia’s new documentary Diego Maradona unearths archive footage of the flawed football genius[/caption]

Asif Kapadia, who directed Amy and Senna – films about the late singer and F1 champ – concentrates on the seven years that flawed football genius Maradona spent at Italian side Napoli.

Archive footage shows him shrugging off the thuggish attentions of defenders with astounding feats that make you want to stand and applaud.

Recently uncovered footage brings to life the stifling adulation he faced off the field in the claustrophobic, football-mad city of Naples.

But Kapadia is rarely critical of his subjects – and similarly to his Amy Winehouse film, he pins the blame for Maradona’s personal misfortunes on others.

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It’s hard to sympathise with a man who refused to have anything to do with his son for three decades[/caption]

Why we are supposed to sympathise with a man who refused to have anything to do with his son for three decades is never explained.

Still, it will leave you with plenty to talk about.

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But the biopic is certain to leave you with plenty to talk about[/caption]



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