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Daniel Gioffré is a fan of the saga of “Rocky” who fulfilled his dream of personifying the boxer and replicating the scenes of the film.
Dreams are not explained. The passions that move us are personal and it is enough that we identify and understand them ourselves. Daniel Gioffré had a longing he wanted to materialize: to be Rocky Balboa . Yeah, that: become Rocky and step on every place he stepped on. Rebuild his steps and replicate the most emblematic scenes of his films. By force of commitment and courage, he made it. The result is the documentary I'm Rocky , in which it reproduces detail by detail each of the chosen scenes of the film in the original locations of Philadelphia , USA.
But how did a Marketing and Communication consultant end up making a documentary about a film from the 70s? It all started a long time earlier. In a movie theater, of course. A young Daniel, just 12 years old , came to a room full of expectation. Rocky I was projected on the screen and he, like so many boys of his time, went crazy . Since then he knew that one day, somehow, he wanted to become that character, at least for a while.
Daniel's life continued in other ways, but his fanaticism for Rocky accompanied him to this day. In addition to specializing in Marketing, he is an actor and producer. The idea began to take shape in his head, but it took some time to materialize. He needed, in addition to organization and time, the money to be able to cover the expenses required for filming .
When the plan was already in place, an important part was missing: its physical preparation . Daniel's an actor, but he's not a boxer. Then, he enrolled in a gym to learn and practice the shots required. In addition, he received training to achieve the necessary state for the long hours of jogging that came to him.
No detail could be overlooked. For this, he paid attention to the costumes used in each scene and ordered them to tailor made: leather jacket , joggins, headband. Everything is just as Sylvester Stallone uses in his films. Once he had everything ready, he took tickets to Philadelphia . He chose to do so in mid-February, which was at the time the film was filmed.
Once there, what followed was hard, but it was worth it. First, he rented a room in a house in the same neighborhood that Rocky lived in at the beginning of the movie, to get into the character and walk his streets. The logistics to find the locations was not easy. There were 27 sites that are not signposted . So Daniel looked for them one by one and, with the help of Google , found the exact places. Then he and the cameraman who accompanied him had to reproduce the exact shots seen in the film.
For five days, Daniel Gioffré became Rocky Balboa . Cold and for long days, he ran through the streets , climbed stairs and walked through the same places as his idol. He had, of course, some setbacks. He risked being arrested when he reproduced the scene in which the character runs along the train tracks , because that there is a federal crime. Luckily, nothing happened. They also did not have permission to cut the streets, so many shots were damaged by some untimely car or pedestrian.
The result of all that work is Yo soy Rocky , a 42-minute documentary that is now available on YouTube. It reproduces different scenes from all the films in the saga that were shot in Philadelphia, as Rocky III was filmed in Los Angeles and Rocky IV in Russia. In October, it will be presented at Doc Buenos Aires , a festival of amateur documentaries. In February next year, at the International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra , Spain.
Forty-three years after its premiere, Rocky returned to the ring. And, this time, in the shoes of an Argentinian.
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Publication Date: 29/06/2020
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