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naturally_RB
,_,
at_IN
the_DT
core_NN
of_IN
leon_NP
gast_???
's_BEZ
"_"
when_CS
we_PP
were_BED
kings_NNS
"_"
is_BEZ
the_DT
fight_NN
itself_PPX
,_,
for_IN
what_WDT
a_DT
fight_NN
it_PP
was_BEDZ
._.
thanks_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
business_NN
savvy_???
of_IN
don_NP
king_NN
,_,
an_DT
ageing_JJ
muhammad_NP
ali_NP
was_BEDZ
pitted_VBN
against_IN
the_DT
formidable_JJ
hulk_???
of_IN
heavyweight_NN
champion_NN
george_NP
foreman_NP
._.
fans_NNS
were_BED
treated_VBN
to_IN
an_DT
8_CD
round_IN
battle_NN
of_IN
endurance_NN
and_CC
strategy_NN
,_,
as_CS
much_DT
as_IN
brute_NN
strength_NN
,_,
that_CS
immediately_RB
entered_VBN
boxing_NN
lore_NN
._.
with_IN
the_DT
benefit_NN
of_IN
the_DT
first-hand_JJ
recollections_NNS
of_IN
that_DT
old_JJ
ex-pug_???
norman_JJ
mailer_NN
,_,
this_DT
classic_JJ
conflict_NN
is_BEZ
brought_VBN
back_RP
to_IN
life_NN
._.
but_CC
"_"
when_CS
we_PP
were_BED
kings_NNS
"_"
tackles_VBZ
issues_NNS
that_CS
are_BER
harder_RBR
to_TO
pin_VB
down_RP
than_CS
the_DT
simple_JJ
facts_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
boxing_NN
match_NN
._.
questions_NNS
of_IN
political_JJ
power_NN
and_CC
social_JJ
justice_NN
appear_VB
throughout_IN
this_DT
documentary_NN
._.
gast_???
could_MD
hardly_RB
choose_VB
otherwise_RB
,_,
considering_VBG
the_DT
vocal_JJ
,_,
uncompromising_JJ
politics_NN
of_IN
muhammad_NP
ali_NP
._.
a_DT
member_NN
of_IN
the_DT
controversial_JJ
black_JJ
separatist_JJ
movement_NN
the_DT
nation_NN
of_IN
islam_NN
,_,
ali_NP
opens_VBZ
gast_???
's_BEZ
film_NN
with_IN
a_DT
forceful_JJ
swipe_NN
at_IN
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
._.
when_CS
ali_NP
hollers_NNS
"_"
damn_JJ
america_NP
'_"
,_,
the_DT
audience_NN
knows_VBZ
the_DT
imprecation_NN
is_BEZ
heartfelt_NP
;_;
the_DT
brutal_JJ
yet_RB
casual_JJ
way_NN
it_PP
is_BEZ
uttered_VBN
leaves_NNS
no_DT
doubt_NN
that_CS
ali_NP
is_BEZ
speaking_VBG
his_PP$
mind_NN
._.
his_PP$
decision_NN
to_IN
buck_NN
the_DT
draft_NN
for_IN
vietnam_NP
is_BEZ
defended_VBN
with_IN
the_DT
same_DT
admirable_JJ
fury_NN
:_:
"_"
no_DT
viet_NP
cong_NP
ever_RB
called_VBN
me_PP
nigger_NN
"_"
,_,
ali_NP
reasons_NNS
._.
despite_IN
showcasing_VBG
ali_NP
's_POS
proud_JJ
unequivocal_JJ
politics_NN
,_,
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
impressive_JJ
features_NNS
of_IN
"_"
when_CS
we_PP
were_BED
kings_NNS
"_"
is_BEZ
the_DT
subtle_JJ
way_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
the_DT
documentary_NN
considers_VBZ
the_DT
difficulties_NNS
inherent_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
overarching_NN
philosophy_NN
of_IN
black_JJ
unity_NN
and_CC
black_JJ
symbolism_NN
that_CS
ali_NP
and_CC
his_PP$
supporters_NNS
champion_NN
._.
listening_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
numerous_JJ
commentators_NNS
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
clear_JJ
that_CS
the_DT
geographic_JJ
location_NN
for_IN
this_DT
"_"
rumble_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
jungle_NN
"_"
is_BEZ
etched_VBN
more_DT
in_IN
the_DT
imagination_NN
than_CS
anywhere_RB
you_PP
could_MD
place_VB
on_IN
a_DT
map_NN
._.
spike_NN
lee_NP
tells_VBZ
us_PP
that_CS
the_DT
event_NN
was_BEDZ
a_DT
pilgrimage_NN
,_,
a_DT
"_"
coming_JJ
home_NN
"_"
to_IN
africa_NP
._.
foreman_NP
reminds_VBZ
us_PP
that_CS
africa_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
"_"
cradle_NN
of_IN
civilisation_NN
"_"
._.
fair_JJ
enough_RB
,_,
but_CC
this_DT
homeland_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
specific_JJ
nation_NN
cursed_VBD
with_IN
a_DT
less_DT
than_CS
inspiring_JJ
reality_NN
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
the_DT
newly_RB
founded_VBN
zaire_NP
and_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
ruled_VBN
by_IN
president_NN
mobutu_???
,_,
a_DT
brutal_JJ
dictator_NN
._.
while_CS
ali_NP
respects_NNS
mobutu_???
's_MD
ability_NN
to_IN
forge_VB
an_DT
independent_JJ
african_JJ
state_NN
,_,
mailer_NN
notes_NNS
that_CS
beneath_IN
the_DT
stadium_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
the_DT
titans_NNS
battled_VBD
lay_JJ
hidden_JJ
the_DT
presidents_NNS
well-stocked_JJ
torture_NN
chambers_NNS
._.
mailer_NN
's_POS
insights_NNS
are_BER
lost_VBN
on_IN
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
commentators_NNS
._.
george_NP
plimpton_NP
recalls_VBZ
that_CS
he_PP
always_RB
felt_VBD
he_PP
was_BEDZ
in_IN
the_DT
congo_NP
,_,
rather_RB
than_CS
the_DT
newly_RB
christened_VBN
zaire_NP
._.
with_IN
admirable_JJ
restraint_NN
,_,
gast_???
quietly_RB
suggests_VBZ
that_CS
for_IN
many_DT
the_DT
grandeur_NN
of_IN
myth_NN
and_CC
history_NN
all_PDT
but_CC
obscured_VBN
the_DT
reality_NN
of_IN
zaire_NP
'_"
s_NN
squalid_JJ
ruling_NN
elite_NN
._.
mobutu_???
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
the_DT
only_JJ
dubious_JJ
character_NN
to_IN
benefit_NN
from_IN
the_DT
heady_JJ
symbolism_NN
of_IN
black_JJ
power_NN
._.
don_NP
king_NN
,_,
resplendent_JJ
in_IN
yellow_JJ
kaftan_NN
and_CC
at_IN
ease_NN
with_IN
the_DT
"_"
messiah_NN
"_"
label_NN
attributed_VBN
to_IN
him_PP
by_IN
a_DT
loyal_JJ
disciple_NN
,_,
passes_NNS
himself_PPX
off_IN
as_RB
the_DT
voice_NN
of_IN
a_DT
new_JJ
black_JJ
international_JJ
solidarity_NN
._.
understandably_RB
,_,
foreman_NP
believes_VBZ
he_PP
has_HVZ
gotten_VBN
a_DT
raw_JJ
deal_NN
._.
he_PP
may_MD
be_BE
,_,
as_CS
one_CD
sympathiser_NN
notes_NNS
,_,
"_"
blacker_NP
"_"
than_CS
ali_NP
,_,
but_CC
he_PP
is_BEZ
denied_VBN
the_DT
iconic_JJ
status_NN
shared_VBN
by_IN
ali_NP
,_,
the_DT
thuggish_JJ
mobutu_???
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
tacky_JJ
huckster_NN
don_NP
king_NN
._.
africa_NP
,_,
zaire_NP
,_,
inspirational_JJ
leader_NN
or_CC
vicious_JJ
dictator_NN
,_,
all_PDT
is_BEZ
left_JJ
undifferentiated_JJ
,_,
unconsidered_JJ
,_,
in_IN
this_DT
optimistic_JJ
celebration_NN
of_IN
black_JJ
unity_NN
._.
little_DT
wonder_NN
that_CS
the_DT
people_NN
of_IN
zaire_NP
were_BED
shocked_JJ
to_TO
find_VB
that_DT
ali_NP
's_POS
opponent_NN
wasn't_BEDZ
white_JJ
._.
admittedly_RB
,_,
these_DT
issues_NNS
are_BER
only_RB
hinted_VBN
at_IN
,_,
rather_RB
than_CS
substantially_RB
explored_VBN
._.
the_DT
audience_NN
must_MD
consider_VB
the_DT
significance_NN
of_IN
these_DT
issues_NNS
themselves_PPX
,_,
in_IN
their_PP$
own_DT
time_NN
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
just_RB
too_RB
much_DT
to_IN
cover_NN
,_,
too_RB
much_DT
that_CS
is_BEZ
truly_RB
worthy_JJ
of_IN
celebration_NN
,_,
for_IN
a_DT
protracted_JJ
political_JJ
analysis_NN
to_IN
be_BE
justified_JJ
._.
the_DT
excitement_NN
of_IN
james_NP
brown_NP
and_CC
b_NN
._.
b_NN
king_NN
in_IN
concert_NN
,_,
for_IN
instance_NN
._.
and_CC
of_IN
course_NN
there_EX
's_BEZ
always_RB
ali_NP
to_IN
consider_VB
,_,
as_CS
he_PP
shamelessly_RB
,_,
and_CC
hilariously_RB
,_,
hams_NNS
it_PP
up_VB
in_IN
front_NN
of_IN
the_DT
camera_NN
,_,
shadow_NN
boxing_NN
and_CC
uttering_VBG
one_CD
inspired_JJ
rhyme_NN
after_IN
another_DT
-_-
"_"
we_PP
gonna_NN
get_VB
it_PP
on_IN
coz_???
we_PP
don't_DO
get_VB
along_IN
!_!
"_"
._.
doubtlessly_RB
,_,
considering_VBG
the_DT
multi-faceted_JJ
nature_NN
of_IN
the_DT
extravaganza_NN
they_PP
chose_VBD
to_IN
cover_NN
,_,
the_DT
makers_NNS
of_IN
"_"
when_CS
we_PP
were_BED
kings_NNS
"_"
faced_VBN
numerous_JJ
difficulties_NNS
in_IN
deciding_VBG
what_WDT
issues_NNS
,_,
and_CC
what_WDT
personalities_NNS
,_,
best_JJS
deserved_JJ
their_PP$
attention_NN
._.
fortunately_RB
,_,
by_IN
refusing_VBG
to_IN
simplify_VB
their_PP$
complex_JJ
subject_NN
matter_NN
,_,
they_PP
have_HV
captured_VBN
the_DT
richness_NN
and_CC
excitement_NN
of_IN
this_DT
unique_JJ
event_NN
._.
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