CINEMA: LONG LIVE THE KING

A DOCUMENTARY, SHOT IN 1974 AND JUST RELEASED, SHOWS MUHAMMAD ALI THE ATHLETE AND THE HERO

Someone called him the Elvis of sport because he was a crossover pioneer, sexy and gorgeous, who forced the public to rethink its view of his form of entertainment. But there was more to Muhammad Ali than his amazing cunning in the ring; more than his reputation as the most charming showboater in boxing history, with an impish rhyming wit that had the power of both butterfly and bee. As Spike Lee says of Ali in the enthralling new documentary When We Were Kings, "He fused politics and sport."

Ali's conversion to the Black Muslims tested white America's fondness for him....

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