The French (1982)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

France, 1982Acteurs Auteurs Associés.  Cinematography by William Klein.  Produced by Pascal Judelewicz.  Music by Jean-Pierre Mas.

William Klein covers the French 1982 Open, encompassing two weeks of tennis matches in a feature-length documentary.  With characteristic ease, he trains his cameras on his subjects without interrogating them too closely or making them feel self-conscious or guarded, watching carefully and without judgment as players like , , and  experience the drama on the court.  It’s not riveting from start to finish, Klein is more interested in a comprehensive summation of the event than focusing on the most charismatic moments of the tournament, but he certainly knows them when they happen.  Watching  whine and complain the entire time he’s on camera is well worth the price of admission alone, plus you get to see a lot of now very famous athletes at early stages in their careers.

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