Dec 1, 2017

Friday File: Tip of the cap; A Sunday in Hell: 40 years on

The final four rush:
Moser leading Kuiper, De Vlaeminck and eventually winner Demeyer over the infamous cobbles.
via: Offside/L'Equipe





Jorgen Leth's iconic sports documentary film on the 1976 Paris-Roubaix, 'A Sunday in Hell' is over 40 years old. I first saw this film in a repertory theatre in Edmonton back in the eighties. Shown in an artistic environment was a testament to Leth's artistic hand at film making and story telling. I was left awestruck. To this day, I re-watch the film countless of times and still marvel how wonderful it glorifies provincial France, the riders and Paris-Roubaix. We should all celebrate.



"I wanted to create a poetics of it, to portray sports heroes as representing old-fashioned virtues, such as courage, sacrifice, and extreme loyalty."
- Jorgen Leth











Jorgen Leth in Paris-Roubaix






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