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  1. Part one of two from this full length archival short film.

  2. Part two of two from this full length archival short film.

  3. The credits from this film.


The theatre of sport is given full-blown operatic treatment in this National Film Unit classic. Footage from the French 1979 rugby tour of New Zealand is rendered in slow-motion and cut to a Tchaikovsky score. The result is an often glorious, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, paean to rugby. Balletic lineouts, driving tackles, and the dark mysteries of the ruck, make for a ballsy Swan Lake in the mud. It includes the Bastille Day French victory over the All Blacks. Directed by NFU stalwart Arthur Everard, it won a jury prize at the Montreal World Film Festival.

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 Jos Maessen

Jos Maessen

Glad to see this movie 25 years later again. First viewed on a
rugbycourse in the Netherlands.



i loved all those tight bottoms and meaty thighs.. pure ballet. Did I detect a forward pass n the first minutes?


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1980 Montreal World Film Festival
Jury Prize

1980 International Sports Film Festival
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