Light the Fight

DP Emmanuel Lubezki jumps in the ring with Ali

Director Michael Mann thumbs his nose at illusion when the realistic approach will do. Consider this scene from his latest movie, Ali: The film's subject, heavyweight boxing champ Muhammed Ali, né Cassius Clay, is flying to Zaire for the famous 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” match with George Foreman. Ali, played by Will Smith, awakens near sunrise, and is led into the cockpit to meet the pilots — who are black. “That for

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