I feel as if I should go find some local cage fighters and make a short film now, haha.
The moment in the short that baffles me is a brief shot looking up at the two fighters, scuffling face-to-face. How the heck did Kubrick get that? Unless he deliberately had the boxers stage it before or after the event, he'd have to shove his camera into the ring inches away from their feet to get it.
My thoughts exactly. As soon as I saw the effect, I couldn't help but think "That's awesome, but there's got to be a way to do that composite better." And now that's going to be bugging me all day, haha.