Sitting through another dismal round of Champions League football this week really makes you appreciate the real football genius of mavericks past – and top of that list is George Best. And if you want to appreciate the great man’s talent, you’ve got a very rare chance at Manchester’s Cornerhouse cinema.
The Cornerhouse is showing Football As Never Before, a rarely (if ever) seen movie made by an East German film director. Hellmuth Costard trained eight 16mm cameras on United’s number 11 for the duration of the Manchester United vs Coventry game at Old Trafford on 12th September 1970. The movie was shot, edited and framed so that hardly any other players are visible.
You can listen to all the anecdotes you like about Best – but watching the man in action is surely the biggest tribute you can give to his genius.
The films shows as part of a short season of football films curated by the Goethe Institut to celebrate the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The George Best movie shows on Sunday 21st May and Monday 22nd May.