Boston Marathon

'Boston' documentary astutely covers the long, storied history of the city's famous marathon

'Boston' documentary astutely covers the long, storied history of the city's famous marathon

The long, rich and, more recently, tragic history of the Boston Marathon is traced with involving detail and heart in director Jon Dunham’s inspiring documentary “Boston,” narrated by Beantown native Matt Damon.

The filmmaker, whose previous feature docs, 2007’s “Spirit of the Marathon” and its 2013 sequel, looked at foot races in, respectively, Chicago and Rome, turns his attention here to the world’s oldest and most prestigious annually-run marathon, which spans more than 26 miles from suburban Boston to the city’s downtown Boylston Street.

Dunham deftly combines a treasure trove of archival footage and photos, interviews with past Boston Marathon winners, participants,...

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