• Director(s):

    KLEIN (WILLIAM)

  • Producer(s):

    FILMS PARIS NEW YORK

  • Territories:

    Worldwide.

  • Production year:

    1981

  • Language(s):

    German, English, French

  • Rights:

    CINEMA, NON-THEATRICAL, TV, DVD, INTERNET

The Roland Garros tournament is better known as The French Open, or simply The French. William Klein and three camera crews were given total access to The French...

On the circuit of grand slam events, the Roland Garros tournament is better known as The French Open, or simply The French. For two weeks, life in Paris and the whole of France is dominated by this amazing sports event where great champions are on court wherever you look and as many as 50 matches are fought out each day. William Klein and three camera crews were given total access to The French. From men and women's locker-rooms to massage tables, reception rooms to television studios, players' signing-in desk to turnstiles, stands, umpire's chairs, entrance gates and the VIP village, the cameras were given, for the first and last time, absolutely free rein. Miles of filmstock, unique footage, a thousand and one details, a many quirky anecdotes. For over two hours, the film shows the tennis carnaval as you have never seen it before. A circus with its cast of crazies, cranks, snobs, groupies, gurus, magicians, hustlers, heroes, clowns, sponsors, supermen and superwomen. And dollars, fistfuls of dollars, glory, fear and passion.

Released on DVD by ARTE Video