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John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection ()

Aug 22, 2018 | | 95 min
  Genre: Documentary, Sport
  Director: Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe
  Writer: Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe
  Cast & Crew: Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Mathieu Amalric
  Synopsis: 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.

  Producer: Raphaëlle Delauche, William Jéhannin
  Company: Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), CNAP, Région Ile-de-France, UFO Production
  Country: France
  Language: English, French

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