Wes Anderson Presents The French


ByTowne Cinema Sun, Aug 28 2:30 PM
ByTowne Cinema Mon, Aug 29 6:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1982
Production Country:France
Cast/Crew Info
Director:William Klein


“For me, this film encapsulates everything I loved and love about the tennis of that moment; and in the hands of the great and singular William Klein, it is at once a gripping sports page, a fascinating piece of reportage, and a work of art.” —Wes Anderson William Klein, the legendary American photographer and filmmaker, was the first person to be granted full, exclusive access to the French Open in its 90-year history. Using that doorway into locker rooms, TV studios, and players’ boxes, he shot the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at the 1981 tournament—a crucial moment in a crucial year in the history of a game, and its iconic players Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Yannick Noah, and Ivan Lendl. With Klein’s customary eagle eye and whirlwind energy, The French captures the noisy bedlam that accompanies any major sporting event, while also revealing a level of candor from his subjects that is impossible to imagine in today’s secretive media-trained world.