Jorgen Leth Collection 06-11: Sports Films
The second box of the series "The Jorgen Leth Collection" contains Leth's sports films, Primarily emphasising the cycle films where Stars and Water Carriers and A Sunday in Hell are considered new genre classics. The director was tired of cliched sports journalism and found "the inner psychological drama of the battles waged between great cyclists" more absorbing. Stars and Water Carriers portrays the Giro d’Italia in 1973 where Ole Ritter’s time trial is the cinematic and emotional climax. In A Sunday in Hell, the renowned oneday race from Paris to Roubaix was recorded by 27 cameras strategically situated along the route, thus entrusting to many cinematographers the task of successfully capturing the dramatic event on film. Under the given rules of the game, the essence of both films is an artistic challenge. Also true of The Impossible Hour portraying Ole Ritter's attempt to retake the Hour Record.

Pelota is another expression of Leth’s fascination with unique people who perform with grandeur, in this case illustrated through a minor sport played exclusively in the Basque country.

Finally, the set contains two early experimental films. Motion Picture revolves around tennis player Torben Ulrich and investigates the phenomenon of movement within an absolute image area. Chinese Ping Pong describes this fast-paced game, working artistically with framing to accentuate the speed and beauty of the game.

3 x DVD9 | PAL | 348 min. | 6.70 Gb + 7.33 Gb + 5.95 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Dansk
Subtitles: English, Dansk
Genre: Documentary, Sport, Short

06. En forarsdag i helvede / A Sunday in Hell (1976), 111'
--. A Conversation with Jorgen Leth (2003), 9'

07. Stjernerne og vanbrerne / Stars and Water Carriers (1974), 93'
08. Den umulige time / The Impossible Hour (1975), 45'

09. Pelota (1983), 47'
10. Kinesisk bordtennos / Chinese Ping Pong (1972), 14'
11. Motion Picture (1970), 20'
--. Monument (1969/2007), 9'

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  1. Jorgen Leth Collection 12-18: Rejsefilmene / Travel Films
  2. Jorgen Leth Collection 19-21: Fiktionsfilmene / Fiction Films
  3. Jorgen Leth Collection 01-05: De Antropologiske Film / Anthropological Films
  4. Jorgen Leth Collection 30-37: Eksperimentalfilmene / Experimental Films
  5. Jorgen Leth Collection 22-29: Portraetfilmene / Film Portraits