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John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection

 

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.

Rated: Not Rated

Release Date: Aug 22, 2018

By Max Schindler