2008. USA. James Toback. 90 min.
Q&A with Toback following the screening
Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2008. USA. Directed by James Toback. Acclaimed and enigmatic; terms that could apply equally to both the subject and creator of this mesmerizing documentary. Toback’s Tyson is a complex, layered portrait of a confused and controversial man. Mike Tyson is revealed as both an inspirational figure who transcended the harsh terrain of his upbringing, and a potentially unhinged and cliché-confirming victim of his own celebrity. Toback balances unfiltered recollections from Tyson with historical footage to forge a cinematic experience that’s half fable and half knockout punch. 90 min.