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The impossible hour

Jørgen Leth, Denmark, 1975

45 min.DK/Documentary

A concentrated study of Ole Ritter's attempt to recapture the most compelling and most difficult record set in professional cycling: a one-hour, one-man race on a track. The attempts to break the record took place in Mexico City in November 1974. The film includes a description of Ritter's special training on a sophisticated purpose-built track bike and the psychological conditioning required for achieving a concentrated performance at this level. "The Impossible Hour" is a study of a loner's defiant - and unsuccessful - attempt to make sporting history.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Den umulige time
Danish title Den umulige time
Other titles The impossible hour
Keywords Ritter, Ole, Cycling, Records, 1970-1979
Director Jørgen Leth
Screenplay Jørgen Leth
Director of Photography J.M. Berasaluce
Editor Anders Refn
Sound Ezcar Traven
Appearances Ole Ritter
Production country Denmark
Production companies Spectrum Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
Technical info 498 meter, 16 mm, color, Sound
TV release 07.11.1975
Danish rating Allowed for all

Companies

Production companies Spectrum Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral

Direction

Direction Jørgen Leth

Script

Script Jørgen Leth

Production

Production Jørgen Leth
Production Ib Dam

Cinematography

Cinematography J.M. Berasaluce

Editing

Editing Anders Refn

Sound

Sound mixer Gert Madsen
Sound Ezcar Traven

Voiceover

Voiceover Jørgen Leth

Appearance

Appearance Ole Ritter

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