Masterpiece Films: Rocky

On this episode, Leah Pickett celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Italian Stallion

Albums are hardly the only art form to be declared masterpieces. How many teachers have said the same about books? Or museums with rare art? Films are no different, which is why we brought in the very wise and very noble Leah Pickett to host our most excellent new video series, Masterpiece Films. So, join us in the luxurious Music Box Lounge, where we discuss the greatest stories to ever hit celluloid.

In 1975, a young Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay for Rocky in just three days after watching a boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner. The story focused on Rocky Balboa, an amateur boxer out of Philadelphia whose plucked from obscurity and gets a one-in-a-million shot at the world title in a fight against the champion Apollo Creed. The movie was made for a million dollars and was filmed in one month.

Rocky went on to revolutionize sports movies. In 1977, the film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and walked away with Best Picture. From there, the film spawned five sequels (technically six if you count Ryan Coogler’s Creed), was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress, and created one of the most iconic characters in all of cinematic history.

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