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John McEnroe: l'empire de la perfection Julien Faraut

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John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

Many filmmakers, from Jean-Luc Godard to Serge Daney, have been fascinated by tennis. It’s an unpredictable sport, in which the duration of a match is determined by the performance of the players, whose slightest mood shifts seem to be captured by the camera. And few players have worn their moods as boldly as the inimitable John McEnroe! Made from archival 16mm footage shot by Gil de Kermadec, the former national technical director for French tennis, at the Roland-Garros tournament in 1984, with erudite narration by Mathieu Amalric and some flashy aesthetic choices, Julien Faraut’s film is original and ambitious. It is a portrait of a non-conformist athlete, a reflection on the relationship between cinema and sports, and a look back at one of the most legendary tennis matches of all time.

Presented in collaboration with Le Service de coopération et d'action culturelle du Consulat général de France à Québec, le Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques de l’Université de Montréal and l’Observatoire du cinéma au Québec

John McEnroe: l'empire de la perfection

  • Country : France
  • Year : 2018
  • V.O : French, English
  • Subtitles : English and French
  • Duration : 90 MIN
  • Cinematography : Julien Faraut
  • Editing : Andreï Bogdanov
  • Production : William Jéhannin, Raphaëlle Delauche
  • Sound Design : Léon Rousseau
Filmography of Julien Faraut :

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