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gmonfils 08-08-2007 07:56 AM

Movie/Documentary "The French"
 
Has anyone heard of this or know where it could be found?

The Plot is listed as: For the very first time, a documentary team is allowed to shoot sequences in the backstage of the French Open of tennis of Roland-Garros.

It was released in June of 1982 so I assume it looks at the 1981 French Open.

The players featured in this film include:

Borg, Connors, Evert, Lendl, Mandlikova, McEnroe, Nastase, Navratilova, Noah, Pecci, Tulasne, Vilas, etc

gmonfils 08-08-2007 08:10 AM

just found a review! I had to edit a bit of it due to some harsh language.

The lost film in question is called “The French,” a documentary about the 1982 French Open directed by William Klein. Klein is most famous to the world at large as a photographer, and probably best known to those of you out in No Mas-land for his film “The Greatest,” a documentary about Ali that is in my opinion the best movie ever made about the Champ.

Klein’s documentary style is of the wordless observer – there is no narration in his films. His whole project in the Ali and the French Open movies is to use sports as a lens to view a cultural moment. In “The Greatest,” covering the first Liston/Ali bout, he takes to the streets of Harlem as locals argue about the fight, and visits a largely African-American theater class where the students are producing one-acts about Ali, then Cassius Clay. The effect of Ali’s inflammatory persona is transmitted in these scenes almost as powerfully as those that feature the Champ himself. It’s an electrifying film, as much about African-American identity in the 60’s as it is about a charismatic heavyweight.

“The Greatest” is readily available on Amazon and Netflix, and at least here in New York, shown in revival houses periodically. “The French,” however, has disappeared from the face of the earth. I know about, and have seen, this film, purely by fortuitous accident. I had recently seen “The Greatest” for the first time at Film Forum with CI, and I saw a blurb… god, I can’t even remember where, somewhere very random… that this William Klein film about the 1982 French Open would be screened at Florence Gould. I convinced a skeptical non-tennis-fan friend of mine to accompany me. This was about five, six years ago. I’ve never seen a public mention of it again.

“The French” is not as compelling a movie as “The Greatest” by any means, but for those of us obsessed with the huge tennis stars of the 70’s and 80’s (meaning just about every tennis fan on the face of the earth) it is essential viewing, just for what intimate access you get into the players offcourt universe in a Grand Slam setting.

Here are the conclusions I drew from this film:
• Borg was the coolest mother**** of all time (check out that stamp - it's ill). He was a cross between Humphrey Bogart, a Swedish porn star and a lazy but talented leopard. He cared little about tennis even though he was the greatest player of his era and in his free time he literally bathed in p****.
• Yannick Noah was only slightly less cool than Borg.
• Lendl was like, severely paranoid and weird.
• McEnroe was borderline insane, to the point where it almost seemed like he had Tourette’s syndrome. The moment he stepped on the tennis court he started spouting off, to the ump, to the fans, to any passing birds. Mostly to himself. Nobody liked him (big surprise on that one).
• Nastase was f**** hilarious. There’s a great scene where during a rain delay he’s got Chris Evert and Hana Mandlikova laughing like schoolgirls while he flashes his buttcrack at them in the clubhouse. Nastase was clearly an armpit fart kind of guy of the finest order.

And on and on and on. If you’re a tennis junkie, you see why it’s a crime that this movie is not available ANYWHERE in the States. There are some obscure places on the French web where you can order it (sans subtitles, bien sur) but nowhere in America. What the f***? I don’t know how it works, but here’s my plea directed to the American Entrepreneur at Large – would some one of you out there with a lot of money and power and who generally does this sort of thing unearth this film from whatever moldy vault it’s in and put it on DVD and, you know, sell it? This movie needs an audience. Merci, messieurs. Vous serez recompense.

gmonfils 08-08-2007 08:23 AM

I can confirm that it is about the 1981 French Open and not 1982.

origmarm 08-08-2007 08:28 AM

There is a link on French Amazon:
http://www.amazon.fr/French-Rolland-...6590231&sr=1-8
Where you can buy it. It claims in the descriptive to have English language also. I just bought one
You can also get it as a box set on
http://www.amazon.fr/Coffret-William.../dp/B000060K1P
with the other two films

origmarm 08-08-2007 08:30 AM

It would appear that I ordered the last one in stock, sorry :(
They do however claim 1-3wk availability

gmonfils 08-08-2007 08:39 AM

would you be willing to make me a copy? (for a fee of course).

Moose Malloy 08-08-2007 09:15 AM

you can get this at chrisevert.net

its in english with french subtitles(though when players like noah speak french there is no translation provided)

great site, lots of rare old matches

origmarm 08-08-2007 11:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gmonfils (Post 1648174)
would you be willing to make me a copy? (for a fee of course).

Sure if I can work out how, I've never done this. I wouldn't charge you for it, just for the DVD and the post as such. Could someone provide instructions as to how to do it?
I can copy CDs etc but I have always been thwarted by the copy protection on DVDs. I have a DVD writer on my PC though

gmonfils 08-09-2007 05:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by origmarm (Post 1650205)
Sure if I can work out how, I've never done this. I wouldn't charge you for it, just for the DVD and the post as such. Could someone provide instructions as to how to do it?
I can copy CDs etc but I have always been thwarted by the copy protection on DVDs. I have a DVD writer on my PC though


Thank you! That would be greatly appreciated. I myself have never done it either but I will look into it.

origmarm 08-09-2007 07:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gmonfils (Post 1650527)
Thank you! That would be greatly appreciated. I myself have never done it either but I will look into it.

No worries, let me know if you work it out and I'll give it a go

ValBears 12-05-2012 12:25 PM

Resurrecting an older thread to let London-based people know that Tate Modern will be screening The French this Sunday in all its glory (though from 16mm film, not 35mm), AND with English subtitles! For a fiver!!!
http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate...m-klein-french

thor's hammer 09-03-2013 02:17 PM

Found a few clips from "The French" on youtube...

Roland Garros 1981, Day One

Jimmy, Mac and Ivan

Borg and Pecci

Several other clips here.

hoodjem 09-03-2013 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by origmarm (Post 1648144)
There is a link on French Amazon:
http://www.amazon.fr/French-Rolland-...6590231&sr=1-8
Where you can buy it. It claims in the descriptive to have English language also. I just bought one
You can also get it as a box set on
http://www.amazon.fr/Coffret-William.../dp/B000060K1P
with the other two films

I think I have seen excerpts.

The Nastase episode sounds very familiar.

Rozroz 09-04-2013 04:07 AM

any news on how to get a copy of this please?
i'm willing to pay.

Rozroz 09-04-2013 05:52 AM

it seems there are some more bits and pieces:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7AeEhIY_rc

Goosehead 09-04-2013 02:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thor's hammer (Post 7720668)
Found a few clips from "The French" on youtube...

Roland Garros 1981, Day One

Jimmy, Mac and Ivan

Borg and Pecci

Several other clips here.

I was about to say there are some bits on youtube..

its hilarious when a frizzy haired McEnroe..keeps on whining about the rain to the umpire who clearly is not interested.

Goosehead 09-04-2013 08:32 PM

^^there is an amusing clip of andrea jaeger getting a lovely looking strawberry burfdayy cake for her 16th..

shes got a really shrill voice and at the end she actually goes completely mental..:)


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