Before John McEnroe exploded onto the tennis scene, tennis players were expected to comport themselves with the utmost civility. But the American firebrand was a champion whose skills were overshadowed by an electric volatility and penchant for yelling at umpires and line judges.
After a faithful rendition by Shia LaBeouf (who enjoys his own kind of notoriety) in last year’s “Borg/McEnroe,” the legendary tennis player is getting his own documentary — one just as unconventional as its subject.
Directed by Julien Faraut and featuring narration by Mathieu Amalric, “John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection” uses gorgeous 16-mm-shot footage from McEnroe’s run at the French Open in 1984. The film premiered at the Berlinale and went on to play Film Society of Lincoln Center’s The Art of the Real program.
“John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection” will be will released in select theaters on August 22.
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