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A Sunday in Hell

Director: Jørgen Leth

Producer: Jørgen Leth, Steen Herdel

Part of the following strands: Documentary, Sports Docs, Regional Program

Sport / Denmark / 1976 / 112 min / Rated PG

Just as every sport has its classic eventshop, it has its classic films. In 1976, Jørgen Leth (of The Five Obstructions fame) documented the famed Paris-Roubaix bike race. This is an event whose reputation is that it pushes its champions to the limits of their skills and endurance. A 270 kilometer race with significant stretches over the cobblestoned cow-paths of l’enfer du nord, the infamous hell of the north, this is an intense test of tactics and of muscle. Before lycra, before carbon fibre racing frames, before funny chemicals, there were the Belgians—the famed Eddie Merckx and his arch-rival Roger De Vlaeminck—who squared off against each other in this decisive duel. Leth captures every crucial moment of the race: the hopeful fools in the breakaway, the grinding mass of the peleton, the choking dust of the pavée, the fallen and bleeding by the roadside, and the final, desperate, sinew-wrenching sprint for la gloire.

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 Commissioning Editor

Festivals: Sheffield, Centre Pompidou, ICA London

File Format: 35mm

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Sound Format: Mono

Session Times

25th of Feb 2:00pm

Mt Barker Cinemas Cinema 1

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4th of Mar 2:00pm

Whyalla Cinema Cinema 1

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24th of Feb 12:15pm

Palace Cinema Cinema 3

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