Installation view at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Soccer as Never Before (Fußball wie noch nie)
Directed by Hellmuth Costard
The Andy Warhol Museum presents a special screening of Soccer as Never Before in conjunction with Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports. On September 12, 1970, Manchester United beat Coventry 2-0. It was not an important victory, but a record was preserved of the match that was unique in the history of film and television. Using eight 16mm cameras, Hellmuth Costard followed every move, over the course of the match’s ninety minutes, of the man in the red #11 jersey, the mercurial George Best over the complete course of a match against Coventry City. Made at the height of Best’s fame and tabloid notoriety, Costard’s film focuses insistently on Best—warming up, looking restless and bored, waiting tactically to unleash his genius—rather than the on-pitch action to arrive at a sublime and revealing rumination on celebrity and a tantalizing glimpse of the man behind the myth.