A sunday in hell

Jørgen Leth, Denmark, 1977

107 min.DK/Documentary

Director and poet Jørgen Leth is, amongst other things, obsessed with bicycle racing as a ritual expression of human victory and defeat, and from this obsession he has made the unique "A Sunday in Hell". The Sunday is April 11th, 1976, when the classic and grueling annual bicycle race Paris-Roubaix was held, and the Hell is the cobblestone field roads of Northern France, where the champions of bicycle racing battle for victory. With an army of photographers, Jørgen Leth followed the race in all of its details, and he has edited the footage into a mythic and documentary spectacular.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title En forårsdag i helvede
Danish title En forårsdag i helvede
Other titles Danish classics - selection
Keywords Sport, Cycling, Cycle races, France
Director Jørgen Leth
Screenplay Jørgen Leth
Director of Photography Claude Bertrand, Birger Bohm, Morten Bruus, Dirk Brüel, Henning Camre, Paul Constantini, Jean-Claude Fontan, Jean-Pierre Gautier, Ron Goodman, Henrik Herbert, Steen Herdel, Teit Jørgensen, Peter Klitgaard, Jacques Loiseleux, Gregers Nielsen, Alain Pottiez, Peter Roos, Rolf Rønne, Fritz Schrøder, Uffe Kaare Thomsen, Serge Valdenaire, Jan Weincke, Roland Wieder
Editor Lars Brydesen
Sound Ole Ørsted, Ole Ørsted
Composer Gunner Møller Pedersen
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral, Kino Film
International sales Leth Productions
Technical info 3055 meter, color
Danish theatrical release 25.02.1977
Cinemas Nygade
TV release 17.06.1979
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Steen Herdel Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral, Kino Film


Direction Jørgen Leth
Assistant director Ann Bierlich


Script Jørgen Leth


Executive producer Jørgen Leth
Production manager Christian Clausen
Production assistant Pepo Angel
Production assistant Francoise Genet
Production assistant John Johansen
Production assistant Ib Tardini


Director of photography Dan Holmberg
Cinematographer Claude Bertrand
Cinematographer Birger Bohm
Cinematographer Morten Bruus
Cinematographer Dirk Brüel
Cinematographer Henning Camre
Cinematographer Paul Constantini
Cinematographer Jean-Claude Fontan
Cinematographer Jean-Pierre Gautier
Cinematographer Ron Goodman
Cinematographer Henrik Herbert
Cinematographer Steen Herdel
Cinematographer Teit Jørgensen
Cinematographer Peter Klitgaard
Cinematographer Jacques Loiseleux
Cinematographer Gregers Nielsen
Cinematographer Alain Pottiez
Cinematographer Peter Roos
Cinematographer Rolf Rønne
Cinematographer Fritz Schrøder
Cinematographer Uffe Kaare Thomsen
Cinematographer Serge Valdenaire
Cinematographer Jan Weincke
Cinematographer Roland Wieder


Stills Heine Pedersen
Stills Vibeke Winding

Electrical dept.

Best boy Leif Barney Fick
Best boy Kim Sejer Larsen
Best boy Eg Norre


Editing Lars Brydesen


Music Gunner Møller Pedersen


Sound Ole Ørsted
Sound engineer Ole Ørsted
Sound Søren Brix
Sound Leif Jensen
Sound Flemming Møller

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