Monday, November 04, 2013

Harvard Beats Yale

   At The Cinema                           

"Harvard Beats Yale" is both an irresistible human story and as fine a documentary on football as "Hoop Dreams" was on basketball"

 "the most famous football game in Ivy Leaguehistory"

The documentary includes game footage with contemporary interviews with the men who played that day, as well as contextual commentary about the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, Garry Trudeau's Yale cartoons, and various players' relationships with George W. Bush (Yale), Al Gore (Harvard), and Meryl Streep (Vassar).

That comment to my post about crappy comic strips reminded me of  "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29"  Brian Dowling, the  Yale quarterback, became  B.D. in Gary Trudeau's campus strip, later gone national as Doonesbury."  Tommy Lee Jones was a Harvard guard.  The commentary is as interesting as the game, as players remember the times.  It seems that in  1968 only half of the students at these two schools were what we call today "Liberal twats."  Vastly entertaining.  The Hulu version on-line has four commercials (not to bad).  I think you can rent it from Amazon for $1.95.  

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