A chronology of the 1976 Paris–Roubaix bicycle race from the perspective of participants, organizers and spectators. Peter Cowie, International Film Guide: “Arguably the best film ever made about professional cycling”.
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16mm (the most beautiful format). A very French bike ride, stopped twice by demonstrators. This is a nice time capsule from what seems like a calmer, more harmonic time where the distance between athletes and fans felt smaller. But the commercialization of sports was already well underway. The dry voice-over has a poetic quality to it.
An awecommanding acount of a day in the Hell of the North by Lars von Trier's mentor. Because it renders a beautiful impression of rural France of the seventies even cycling laymen - who, of course, don't exist - will be captivated.