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"The French: Roland Garros 1981" a documentary by William Klein (video)

Nole fan
05-30-2011, 08:21 PM
Parts of this excellent documentary about The French can be found now on youtube, like this video with the first 32 minutes of it. Shot by famous photographer William Klein during Roland Garros in 1981. A gem of a video featuring John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Ilie Nastase, Yannick Noah, Ion Tiriac, Ivan Lendl, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, etc. Watch it, it's fantastic. :)

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LawrenceOfTennis
05-30-2011, 08:30 PM
This is brilliant.

Action Jackson
05-30-2011, 08:34 PM
Seen it a few times and definitely worth watching.

abraxas21
05-31-2011, 01:04 AM
thanks for sharing

seems like at least 10 times more interesting than today's edition of RG

Guy Haines
05-31-2011, 05:40 AM
It's an enjoyable movie and Klein is a great photographer. Some of his other movies are also worth seeking out.

Ouragan
05-31-2011, 06:00 AM
thanks for sharing

seems like at least 10 times more interesting than today's edition of RG

It doesn't, to me. Maybe because I was born after 1981.

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
05-31-2011, 09:07 AM
awesome

Sophocles
05-31-2011, 12:15 PM
It doesn't, to me. Maybe because I was born after 1981.

Yeah that makes sense. Personally I couldn't give a shit about anything that happened before I was born. I mean all that history shit, the development of language, culture, political institutions - er hello, relevance to my life?

On topic, if I remember correctly there's some superb footage in this of an epic McEnroe meltdown against Lendl in the quarters.

finishingmove
05-31-2011, 01:12 PM
i think there's a video or a couple of videos with the same content in the tennis videos thread

Nole fan
05-31-2011, 07:51 PM
More parts of the documentary...

Johnny Mac go down in an epic meltdown...

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Nole fan
05-31-2011, 08:05 PM
The semifinal at Roland Garros in 1981: Borg and Pecci. Pecci had won the previous match between the two at Monte Carlo earlier that year.

Very funny at the end when Pecci and his team are talking in awe of Borg's game and his famous dropshots. :lol:

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Nole fan
05-31-2011, 08:14 PM
The sights and sounds of the 1981 French Open final. Borg vs Lendl Part 1.

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Part 2

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Nole fan
05-31-2011, 08:15 PM
Noah and Pecci

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Nole fan
05-31-2011, 08:20 PM
Connors/Nastase comedy at Roland Garros.

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Bjorn, Adriano, Harold and Ilie.

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Vilas, Noah, Budge and Ashe.

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Yannick Noah's triumph over Guillermo Vilas at the 1981 Roland Garros.

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