King of the Hill (1974) by Donald Brittain & William Canning

Available from the National Film Board of Canada.

Donald Brittain and William Canning’s little known classic King of the Hill examines the 1972-73 Chicago Cubs and their right handed phenom, the soft spoken Fergie Jenkins, one of the greatest Canadian baseball players of all time. A true/false film in a very real sense, King combines footage shot over two years into a “false” narrative of a single Cubs season. Through intimate observations in the locker room, stunning photography of the action on the field, and a gently ironic take on a traditional sportscaster, King reveals a baseball season to be a long grind of momentary excitements and looming disappointments (spoiler warning: the Cubs don’t win the World Series).