John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018)

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1h 35min
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Written and directed by Faraut and narrated by Mathieu Amalric, 'John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection' revisits the rich bounty of 16-mm-shot footage of the left-handed tennis star John McEnroe, at the time the world’s top-ranked player, as he competes in the French Open at Paris’s Roland Garros Stadium in 1984. Close-ups and slow motion sequences of McEnroe competing, as well as instances of his notorious temper tantrums, highlight a ”man who played on the edge of his senses”.
Far from a traditional documentary, Faraut probes the archival film to unpack both McEnroe’s attention to the sport and the footage itself, creating a lively and immersive look at a driven athlete, a study on the sport of tennis and the human body and movement, and finally how these all intersect with cinema itself.
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Julien Faraut
L'empire de la perfection
Documentary, Sports & Sport Films
France, Documentary, Sports & Sport Films
Release Date:
Not released
Run Time:
95 minutes

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