Stars and water carriers

Jørgen Leth, Denmark, 1974

89 min.DK/Documentary

The film has been made during the great, classic cycle race "Giro d'Italia", which Jørgen Leth followed during the 22 days it took, together with Swedish photographer Dan Holmberg and the author Ebbe Traberg as sound engineer. This race is pictured as a novel with the competing heroes of the professional cycling in a number of dramatic incidents. This film tells about the tactical game behind the scenes and about the professional racer's ideas of honour and the unwritten laws which he has to observe, if he will not be left out.
Basic information Credits Materials
Original title Stjernerne og vandbærerne
Danish title Stjernerne og vandbærerne
Keywords Merckx, Eddy, 1970-1979, Cycling, Cycle races, Italy
Director Jørgen Leth
Screenplay Jørgen Leth
Director of Photography Dan Holmberg
Editor Christian Hartkopp
Sound Ole Henning Hansen, Ebbe Traberg
Composer Gunner Møller Pedersen
Appearance Ole Ritter, Gimondi, Eddy Merckx
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
Technical info 1020 meter, 16 mm, Normal, Eastmancolor, Optiphone
Danish theatrical release 01.03.1974
Cinemas Hjerter Dame
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company Minerva Film, Statens Filmcentral
Commissioned by Statens Filmcentral
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Jørgen Leth


Script Jørgen Leth


Cinematography Dan Holmberg
Camera operator: motorbike Sergio Penazzo


Stills Paul Coerten


Editing Christian Hartkopp


Music Gunner Møller Pedersen


Sound Ole Henning Hansen
Sound Ebbe Traberg


Voiceover Jørgen Leth


Appearance Ole Ritter
Appearance Gimondi
Appearance Eddy Merckx

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