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A Sunday Day in Hell (1977)

En forårsdag i Helvede (original title)
The film follows the French Paris-Roubaix spring classic, notorious for the hellish paves or cobbled roads of the north "which are no longer used for traffic but only for transporting ... See full summary »

Director:

Jørgen Leth

Writer:

Jørgen Leth
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Credited cast:
David Saunders David Saunders ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roger De Vlaeminck Roger De Vlaeminck ... Self
Marc Demeyer Marc Demeyer ... Self
Freddy Maertens Freddy Maertens ... Self
Eddy Merckx ... Self
Ole Ritter Ole Ritter ... Self
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The film follows the French Paris-Roubaix spring classic, notorious for the hellish paves or cobbled roads of the north "which are no longer used for traffic but only for transporting cattle - and for cycle races". We are there from the dawn preparations and rituals on the outskirts of Paris and through the rigours of the race with special focus on a number of prominent cyclists to the final outcome on the Roubaix cycle track - followed by the filthy riders taking their showers. There is also an eye for life among the spectators and the media event as such. The film alternates among different kinds of shot with a view to establishing the most suitable view of the narrative: shots from motorcycles, which are able to convey the motion of the race and provide close ups of the riders in the style of television cycle race reporting; fixed cameras stationed at strategically important points along the route, where viewers can watch riders passing in real time and thus gain a clear overview ... Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Sport

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Jørgen Leth himself regards this as a very insignificant film in his filmography. See more »

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Featured in Gintberg på kanten: Gug (2015) See more »

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About the oldest 'oneday-classic' bike race Paris-Roubaix
2 January 2000 | by mkausSee all my reviews

This is a bike-fanatics dream of a movie, portraying the disciplin and heroism of the winners alongside the painfull realisation of own limits of the losers. The race takes place in the northern parts of France and lower countryside of Belgium, with a spectacular finish on the old stadium of Roubaix.


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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

25 February 1977 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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