In the 80s, director Gil de Kermadec attempted to use film as means of analysing the game. His meticulously shot footage of John McEnroe matches during the French Open forms the starting point for an ironic look at the parallels between film and the sporting world: cinema lies, sport does not.
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Intellectuals trying to do films about athletes are as relevant as athletes pretending to be intellectuals. This two worlds just don´t understand each other. So Julien Faraut like others before tries hard and fail. But give him credit still for the formal audacity of the film, the research of a certain look that is not like every other documentary film today. John McEnroe is electrifying, sure. But please.
Documentaire fascinant, L’empire de la perfection dévoile McEnroe sous un jour nouveau en explorant sa fragilité explosive et interroge les liens secrets entre le cinéma et le sport. Chronique complète à lire sur Citazine : http://www.citazine.fr/article/empire-de-perfection-jeu-set-et-rage