Music composed by
Edward Bilous &
On June 22, 1938, 70,000 fans crammed into Yankee Stadium to watch what some observers have since called “the most important sporting even in history”. The rematch between African American heavyweight Joe Louis and his German opponent Max Schmelling was riveting – “one hundred and twenty-four seconds of murder,” as one newspaper put it. But for most spectators, the fight was much more than a boxing match; it was an historic event freighted with symbolic significance. Both a harbinger of the civil rights movement and prelude to World War II. ‘The Fight’ captures the anticipation the bout generated, the swirl of events leading up to it, the impact Louis’ victory had on Black America, and it’s significance for Jews on both sides of the Atlantic.