The image of Ali was already transferred to the screen. In 2001, a biopic about Ali with Will Smith came out. The script of one of the most popular films about boxing “Rocky” Sylvester Stallone, according to legend, wrote under the impression of a fight Ali. But the story of real Ali is much more shocking than the stories of all its prototypes and film incarnations.
In 1964, Cassius Clay, contrary to all forecasts, won the battle for the world heavyweight title.
After this battle, Clay will come to Islam, change his name and become the one now known to the whole world.
Many documentaries about personalities are structured as follows: contemporaries of the authors of the film discuss the place of this person in history and draw some conclusions from this. In the film "My Name is Muhammad Ali", director Antoine Fukua intentionally gives the floor only to Ali himself. The picture consists entirely of interviews, press conferences and, of course, boxer fights. Fukua took four years to collect archival materials, and for the director the film became a kind of declaration of love for Ali - as a person and a great fighter.
Ali liked to call himself "Greatest" himself, and now very few people argue with this title.
In the ring, Ali gained his unique technique (literally “fluttered like a butterfly” - one of Ali’s most famous sayings ). Outside the ring, he finished off opponents with taunts and sometimes very evil jokes (“sting like a bee”). Ali also always and everywhere was true to his principles. He defended the rights of blacks and was not afraid to speak loudly about racism.
In the midst of the Vietnam campaign, he refused to do military service because of religious beliefs, for which he was excommunicated for four years from boxing. Ali endured and returned to the ring even more formidable.
The first part of the film is the story of the formation of Ali. It begins with his victory at the Olympics and ends with the first fight with Joe Fraser. The second part of the film shows how Ali gains his own style, wins the most brilliant battles in his career, but gradually the “greatest” ones begin to be replaced by younger followers.
In the end, Ali has to face the hardest fight in life - Parkinson's disease. In the last frames, we see Ali lighting the Olympic flame at the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympic Games. By that time, the symptoms of the disease were already very pronounced. Ali walked and talked with difficulty, but coped with the task.
The story of Muhammad Ali is much deeper than a series of victories and defeats in the ring.
Despite the fact that Ali's views were often unpopular, he continued to uphold them. Ali stubbornly bent his line and showed the whole world that the main thing is to remain true to yourself.