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La Course en Tête

La Course en Tête

classified 12A S

Cyclescreen: Bristol Bike Film Festival


Please note: This was screened in Aug 2015

Joel Santoni
105 mins, Subtitled, 1974, France/Belgium

An all time classic of the cycling film genre, this glorious study of Eddy Merckx, a rider who dominated an entire cycling generation, is an inspirational study in determination and a cinematic poem to the greatest rider of all time.

Between 1961 and 1977, Belgian Eddy Merckx’s (aka The Cannibal) 524 career victories are second to none. His dominance of the road, which included five Tour de France wins, five Giro d’Italia’s and four World Championships only mark the pinnacles of his extraordinary career. Simply put, Merckx is untouchable in the annals of cycling.

This landmark archive documentary plays like an experimental ode to the great man, rejecting traditional narration and narrative in favour of placing one freestanding iconic image alongside another to paint an evocative picture of the myth of Merckx. Providing a fittingly idealistic testament to his life and his dominance, this is evidence of the beauty that cinema and cycling can be.

  • With an introduction by writer and broadcaster Daniel Friebe, author of Eddy Merckx: The Cannlbal.