A Sunday in Hell

A Sunday in Hell

Jørgen Leth's A Sunday in Hell tenderly investigates the potent cocktail of culture and humanity that add up to a bicycling championship - and Leth's subject is the legendary Paris-Roubaix race; L'Enfer du Nord (The Hell of the North).

Description

'Action, drama, torture, and even heroism.'

Paris-Roubaix – the ‘Hell of the North’, ‘Queen of the Classics’, one of cycling’s most legendary races.

Covering 260 kilometres in a single day, the race tackles the cobbles, or pave, of northern France. Bumpy and misshapen, frequently wet and covered in mud, crashes are a regular occurrence, punctures are a given, and broken bikes and bones are not uncommon. A good result here is treasured and a win is huge.

Jørgen Leth’s 1976 film A Sunday in Hell captures the spectacle in all its gruelling, dust-caked glory. It races alongside individual riders, shares the fanaticism of the spectators and revels in the sheer craziness of the race. A fantastic and utterly classic documentary.

'You can see every bead of sweat on the cyclists and every smashed-up ankle. It really makes you never want to get on a bike again. But it is an amazing film.' - Nick Fraser, BBC

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About the Film

Release Date
1976
Duration
1:47
Genres
Cycling
Featuring
Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck, Marc Demeyer, Freddy Maertens and David Saunders
Director
Jorgen Leth
Producers
Jorgen Leth and Steen Herdel
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A Sunday in Hell

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