A Successful evening at the CMP Festival – and tennis films!

Team Filmspot are having a day off watching the Wimbledon final after all the excitement of yesterday at the CMP Festival! Last night’s screening of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ at St Nicholas Church was a great success, with many people commenting that they really enjoyed the film.

A Tale of Two Cities at the CMP Festival

The audience settling in to watch A Tale of Two Cities at the CMP Festival

Were already looking forward to our upcoming theatrical drawing session based on characters from ‘Les Enfants du Paradis’ next Sunday (15th July). We have worked with Jake Spicer and DRAW: Brighton Life Drawing Sessions.

So, back to our day off – while waiting for the roof to close on centre court, we were chatting about tennis in films, so here, inspired by Wimbledon, are a few tennis related film suggestions:

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot [1953]

M. Hulot’s Holiday (tennis clip)

Any excuse to feature Jacques Tati on this blog! His unorthodox but highly successful tennis serve would certainly give Federer a run for his money…

Royal Tenenbaums [2001]

Surely inside every great tennis player, there is a Richie Tenenbaum waiting to get out? Luke Wilson’s tennis prodigy is a tortured soul – as is evident from this clip of his on-court meltdown…

School for Scoundrels [1960]

“Oh I say, smashing cricket stroke!”

Strangers on a Train [1951]

Strangers on a Train (tennis clip)

Amateur tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) plays a match ‘with murder’. A film about the danger of humouring people, one of the most unsettling scenes is this one – the crowd all watching the ball travelling backwards and forward on the court, but Robert Walker’s eyes do not leave Granger…

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead [1990]

The best game of tennis ever played, even if there are no racquets or balls involved…

So there you have it for another year… in the time it’s taken for me to finish this blog Federer has beaten Murray, and is World No. 1! Well done Roger!

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