Cinema: Coaching Failure

Coaching Failure THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON Directed and Written by Jason Miller

Sometimes it is a mistake to get too close to a play. On the stage, That Championship Season worked partly because there are no close-ups in the theater, partly because of the pleasure provided by the interaction of good performers working their way down court, passing some pretty fast and artful dialogue around between them. But in adapting his Pulitzer-prizewinning play about a high school basketball team's 24th reunion with the coach under whom it won the state title, Jason Miller is fouled by the imperatives of the film medium....

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