Listen: Diego Maradona, Naples, Buenos Aires discussed on The Frame
"At very young age he goes to Naples essentially because they're the only team that will by him but Napoli Naples are the poorest city probably in Europe probably the highest murder rate and crime rate in Europe and high up there in the world massive kind of Comoro gang warfare going on at the time. They've never won anything and they get the most expensive player in the world. Naples is full of streetwise characters and GEICO GEICO finds his element. He finds the city that made for really and he does incredibly well with the team and he brings the team up to the championship. The only time they've won they've never won before foil and they've never won since that's why he becomes elevated as the good like character. We're talking with US capacity about his new documentary. Diego America people who are supporters of England would remember probably very unfortunately the hand of God goal in one thousand nine hundred six World Cup clearance Camara Donna with shorten the hi. I'm Donna celebrating and the polls going to be given but what people forget in that game the other goal he scored which is considered one of the greatest goals in the history of professional soccer aw it's in the film that to love and hate and to know jiggle `Maradona is to see those goals and you know everything about it yeah in way football. There's a saying in England and it's a game of two halves and so the film is about a two sides of the Eggo in many ways. It's about the beauty and it's about achieve. He's he's a genius. He's a devil and the whole thing about him is his character as these two sides to him and you need one to have the other. You can't basically separate him. You know you've got this. He's a really loving friendly guy really really lovely sense of humor but he's got an incredible darkness through personality as well and so yeah the idea of that match really he's achieved the law in his career but that game against England is a reason why he's loved and hated there is obviously tremendous amounts of footage of Diego Maradona a plane football or we call it. Do It do it. Do is cool football but there's also archival footage that you have in this film that makes the movie. How did you come upon this footage. Who collected it? And where did you find it. In the process of making this documentary somebody got in touch saying there is footage out there that we have gone John Potentially access to filmed by to Argentinian cameramen who were hired by Diego Maradona's agent in one thousand nine hundred eighty one when he's really young and this guy I thought Maradona is GonNa be a star so I'm going to film it starts filming him with two cameramen who follow him from Buenos Aires through Bacelona. They go to Naples on the Pitch Hitch of the pitch. They're in the car when he's traveling. They're the guys filming him arriving at Annapolis Stadium that amazing footage when he's walking into the Coliseum. The cameraman got fired never got paid. It probably went off with the tapes one hour outside of Naples. There's this guy with a room full of you. Matic yourself video format for natives u matic tapes of Maradona have never it'd been seen before how many hours hundreds of hours my producer kind of went through and he came up the number five hundred but it could be seven hundred half of the footage we found out set of Naples news then we realized there's more it wasn't all this and then we had to figure out who's good and we found Diego. Maradona's ex wife had it in a trunk in their apartment in Buenos Aires said shots shots in the film where he gets out of a car and reverse show we found on the other side road in Buenos Aires. So what does that give you as a filmmaker. If you're trying to reveal some version of a mirror Donna that's not known I would say that the onset in these films we've we've sent a amy and we Maradonna is. I love to kind of study them. When I'm doing the research I'm looking at it is I'm looking at here face shape their body shape and trying to guess what year resists were what period of the life when they happy when they smiling. When is the light go from there is what happened? Something's gone wrong. They're lying and you can see what a tells are and so me what the footage gives. You is the opportunity and the way all of my films have been made is to stay in the president at that particular moment in time to follow the characters and to see their faces and really the audience can just understand a story by looking at them because you're seeing the real kind of on on an unfettered version of them. This isn't material that was shot. Even though the idea was to make a movie is not the kind of social media of now where people go back and look at their phone and satellite away away my face looks delete this was shot and forgotten about so he's thirty years old thirty five years old footage some of it and you're looking at it and you gain. He's ignoring the camera sin as naturalism realism to him even though he's one of the most famous people so that's what I'm trying to do is trying to get a naturalism characters to show the story and then to give you the context through the voices the interviews I do to understand what's going on people who I think no Maradona have this image and it's a visual image in their mind of him as overweight struggling with addiction and yet. There's a period when he's playing in Naples where he is as fit as any athlete on the field he was the best. There's no denying denying it. What what he would say is just imagine how good it could have been if I had trained like everyone else had kind of that level of professionalism but that wasn't him. I mean that's the the important thing about this film. A lot of people know the ending they know he became a beast and he had a cocaine problem and various other things. What I'm interested in is the journey of where were they before you know the version of the egg on you've not seen or you don't know about that's not on twitter or on instagram but actually the soccer player when he was at his key prime prime years when he became the best player in world what he achieved even though he has a massive presence in an ego he was an incredible team player and took a not a great. Argentina team and they won the World Cup and he took a very ordinary Napoli team and beat the strongest teams in Europe and the world at a time which would northern Italian teams richest teams in the world at the time. There's there's footage toward the end of the movie about Maradona very present day and it's it's difficult to watch to see what has become of him when you were thinking about how you wanted to end the movie and what what Maradona might take away from the film. What was it that you were focusing on. I mean it's a real challenge because he's the one of the reasons for doing the film was it was very different to Tamie. They tragically died very young spoke to a lot of people or biographies and Writers and people who've spent time moving saying the minute. You presented a publisher on a minute. You send you know this is the film that I've made about him. Something will happen tomorrow way. Just turns your home movie upside down so my aim was to try and make a film that deals with him but also gives you the essence of his life in his journey and hints at who he became later when you think of Diego Maradona. You don't think of someone who looks a bit lonely a bit lost but actually you realize a lot of these athletes. A lot of people become famous in the end. I just just wanted to be home with his mom. You know he just he's. UC's is a lost child but he covers it up with all matches. Mo- you know being controversial and being angry and doing things but actually underneath is still a kid has not yet we've tried. I met him five or six times when he was living in Dubai. That's where did the interviews and as we were completing. Fleeting the film I tried to go to show it to him and that's when his team he decided to leave Dubai and stop traveling the world and he was at the World Cup and I thought that's not a good time to show you this and then he moved to Mexico when he was coaching and Sinoloa and he's only just WanNa sorry so in the next couple of weeks. Planets go to Buenos Aires to show to him achieved Capote as his new documentary is called Diego Maradona Assif. Thanks for coming on the show. Thank you great spirit here the documentary Diego Maradona debuts tonight on HBO up next on the frame the new album from Gaby Moreno and we bid farewell to Jessye Norman.."