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|Named Person:||Joe Louis; Max Schmeling; Joe Louis; Max Schmeling|
|Document Type:||Visual material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Courtney B Vance; Barak Goodman; John Maggio; WGBH Educational Foundation.; SBS-TV.; Social Media Productions.
|Language Note:||Some dialogue in German with English subtitles.|
|Notes:||Off-air recording: broadcast by SBS TV on 23 August 2005.
Originally produced by WGBH Educational Foundation and Social Media Productions in 2004.
|Performer(s):||Narrator: Courtney B. Vance.|
|Target Audience:||Rated: PG.|
|Description:||1 videodisc (DVD) (ca. 90 min.) : sd., b&w with col. sequences ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Details:||DVD R, compatible in most generic DVD players.|
|Series Title:||Hot docs (Television program)|
|Responsibility:||written, produced and directed by Barak Goodman ; co-producer, John Maggio.|
The two fighters met for the first time in Yankee Stadium in 1936. The fight was even through three rounds, but in the fourth Schmeling saw his opening and struck Louis with a devastating overhand right. Finally, in the twelfth round, the punishment became too much. "This brown god had crumbled before our eyes," trumpeted sportswriter Davis Walsh. "Louis, the flawless fighter, was a myth, a delusion." Louis?s loss was crushing to black Americans, who had come to regard him as the only black man who could meet and defeat whites on equal terms. The victory thrust Schmeling into the role of chief symbol of Nazi propaganda. Their rematch in June 1938 saw Louis elevated to the role of standard-bearer for American democracy and Schmeling the hated symbol for Nazi aggression. Densely packed with social and historical detail, this documentary shows how these two boxers became reluctant national symbols at a time of terrible upheaval.