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The French (1981 Roland Garros documentary)

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Becasuse Mark 43 asked for it's the best tennis documentary ever!

Hopefully this will generate some discussion


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Re: The French (1981 Roland Garros documentary)

Reserving this spot as a sort of Key or index later on for those who want to track their faves.


30:08 women's locker room in rain delay --Evert and Ruzici
30:15 women playing backgammon-not sure who
30:18-lady drying hair in only her undergarments!
30:30 Leslie Allen-looking lovely.


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Re: The French (1981 Roland Garros documentary)

Evert and Borg dancing at 57: 30.

As clay court champions they display good footwork-naturallement!


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I agree Rollo, great documentary! So realistic! A great way to remember Virginia Ruzici as well. Thanks for this thread. I will comment more after I've watched this documentary from start to finish (I think I only caught some bits on YT).
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It lasts two hours, it's long! But I've watched it. I was 12 years old in 1981 and was a lot into tennis. So I recall Balasz Taroczy - I recognised him right away. A talented player from Hungary. Jimmy Arias also. Thierry Tulasne, a newbie everybody compared to Borg (he was imitating him a lot - same racquet, headband, and mimics waiting for the serve). Delighted to see Panatta (defeating Solomon), one of my 10 favourite players of all time. Beautiful style. I recall Jose-Luis Clerc, too, he had a lovely game from the baseline, very solid, and was an example of fair play. The best Argentine player after Vilas in those days. First big win of Noah defeating Vilas here. Impressed with Pecci, kamikaze game on the net! I was going to see Pecci live a few months after, at the Arenes of Frejus (along with McEnroe, Kriek and Tulasne).

In the crowd, I noticed French actor Lino Ventura, I didn't know he was a tennis fan.

There had been a day off because of the rain that year, like this year. You can see Ann Jones in the committee discussing about the scheduling of the Wade vs Evert match. Noticed Evert in the stands watching Mandlikova play - a bit worried, maybe? No doubt Hana sealed her win of the title by her win over Evert on the way. Noticed Betty Stove training Hana on a practice court.

Andrea Jaeger's birthday is so cute.

Mandlikova's backhand

Yeah, it was a great idea to make this documentary. This was made by William Klein

He allows us to witness history in the making. I wonder if one could still do that today?

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Re: The French (1981 Roland Garros documentary)

There's been an abridged version on the net also which I've watched.... have to watch the full vrsion now.


Hana drinking from an empty tennis ball can! Tony Trabert having no clue and asking whether Hana won the Australian! And Hana's handshake-fail with Hanika: no eye contact, no verbal acknowledgement... nothing!


I think this may have been a result of Sylvia accusing Hana of doping or something??
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There's been an abridged version on the net also which I've watched.... have to watch the full vrsion now.


Hana drinking from an empty tennis ball can! Tony Trabert having no clue and asking whether Hana won the Australian! And Hana's handshake-fail with Hanika: no eye contact, no verbal acknowledgement... nothing!


I think this may have been a result of Sylvia accusing Hana of doping or something??

Yes. There was no love lost between the two after the German Federation made an accusation against Hana. They wanted to know what she was drinking out of the can because of her six game runs to win each set. Betty Stove, who regardless of Hana's occasional antics, had a great reputation on the tour. She exception with the accusation and the Germans backed down.

There Hana was skinny as a rail. The next time I saw Hanika she had blown up, and then the rumors began about her. As far as I know they were only rumors. It was just odd.
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I loved seeing Virginia Ruzici in the documentary. She was my first tennis love

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Virginia had a lot of charm indeed.

Those dark eyes!
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Virginia had a lot of charm indeed.

Those dark eyes!
Yes-and long legs!

Too bad they didn't show HER on the massage table like they did Noah.

I loved the interactions between her, Chris Evert, and Ilie Nastase.

The post-mortem on her defeat by Chris was poignant. And her English was so poetic. "I am Latin"

Ahhh-the Gypsy.


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Re: The French (1981 Roland Garros documentary)

Another point that's worth making imo to support the opinion that it's (one of) the best documentary ever, is the quality of the images. We may have the impression it's been done randomly for approaching things very realistically, with a lot of angles that give you the eye of a person who's there, but William Klein is an artist, a man of experience and passion (for tennis, and for photography). There's a real photographer and cameraman at work, and the quality of the images we see is quite distinctive even in comparison to other movies approaching things the same.

So even if a person was allowed to do the same today, that person would need to be a real artist, a person of experience and passion. It's just not enough to be there, everywhere with a camera, to make a great documentary.
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Re: The French (1981 Roland Garros documentary)

Géraldine Maillet directed a sequel, "In the French", shot last year. Check it out:

AVANT-PREMIERE. "In the French", dans les coulisses de Roland-Garros

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