John McEnroe: In The Realm Of Perfection
JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION
Dir: Julian Faraut, 2018, France, 95 mins, Cert: tbc
Tue 25 June // 20:00
Tickets: 5 (full) / 4 (concession)
Written and directed by Julian Faraut and narrated by Mathieu Amalric, In The Realm Of Perfection revisits the rich bounty of 16mm shot footage of the left-handed tennis star John McEnroe, at the time the worlds top-ranked player, as he competes in the French Open at Pariss 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 McEnroes 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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