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The French (1982)

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“For me, this film encapsulates everything I loved and love about the tennis of that moment; and in the hands of the great and singular William Klein, it is at once a gripping sports page, a fascinating piece of reportage, and a work of art.” Wes Anderson himself presented the restored version of this beautifully stylized docu-drama capturing the 1981 French Tennis Open, Roland Garros, at The Metrograph Theatre in NYC, a couple of years back. This riveting time capsule is not only an obvious influence for tight fitting athletic get-up and matching headbands in The Royal Tenenbaums but also a fantastic piece of sports history capturing the era’s best including Borg, McEnroe, Ashe, Lendl, and of course Navratilova. Forty one years ago never seemed so close yet so far away. Don’t miss out, because this might be the only chance you’ll ever get to experience this film. English and French language with English subtitles.


William Klein
130 minuten


Roland-Garros in 1981 : For the very first time, a documentary team is allowed to shoot sequences in the backstage of the French Open of tennis of Roland Garros. William Klein’s camera takes us on the heels of the greatest players of the time: Björn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Chris Evert-Lloyd, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Yannick Noah, Guillermo Vilas… Miles of film. Historical pictures, a thousand and one details, a thousand and one unusual scenes. A declaration of love from a tennis lover.