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Wimbledon: A History of the Championships (2000)

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There are sporting events...and there is The Championships. Few names in sport evoke such images of tradition and triumph as Wimbledon: a feast of nostalgia; a great British garden party, an extravaganza of excellence, a modern-day commercial success story. Narrated by Robert Lindsay, this stunning 4-hour video is a unique and dramatic official history of the Wimbledon Championships. Using beautifully restored historical newsreel from as early as 1900 (much of it never seen before), an extensive series of remarkable Official Films from 1968 onwards, and the BBC's outstanding television coverage. Wimbledon: A History of the Championships is a visual treat.
The series also combines these wonderful images with warm and revealing interviews conducted with practically every living Wimbledon Champion. All the interviews were specially shot for the series on behalf of the All England Club and are exclusive to this production. The Champion's memories which cover the years from the 1920's to the present day and the cast of champions ranges from Sidney Wood in 1931, to Pete Sampras, more than 70 years later. As the champions tell their fascinating stories and reflect on the special ambience that is Wimbledon, you will see their amazing achievements unfold: from the quaint days of the era of elegance of Suzanna Lenglen to the coming age of the women's game in the modern world of King, Navratilova and the Williams sisters; from the glitz and glamour of Fred Perry and the four 'Musketeers' in the 1930's, to the power game of Boris Becker and Pete Sampras in the 80's and 90's. "Wimbledon: A History of The Championships" is a unique documentary history.
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Green Umbrella
Documentary, Sports & Sport Films
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Run Time:
208 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
  • 20 profiles of Wimbledon's greatest players and the Roll of Honour featuring results of every Final since The Championships started in 1877

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