A Sunday In Hell @ The Mermaid Arts Centre

5th November 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Mermaid Arts Centre Cinema
Main St
Bray, Co. Wicklow
A Sunday In Hell @ The Mermaid Arts Centre @ Mermaid Arts Centre Cinema | Bray | County Wicklow | Ireland

In 1976 a little-known Danish film maker, Jorgen Leth, embarked on an ambitious project to capture the spirit of cycling’s toughest and cruellest Classic, Paris-Roubaix, in a new and epic way. Leth tried to show every significant moment during the day, to portray its heroes – Roger de Vlaeminck, Eddy Merckx, Freddy Maertens – as mythical figures, and used radical techniques – the helicopter mounted Wescam, an experimental choral soundtrack – and the finest cameramen of the day. The result was probably the finest-ever depiction of a single-day cycle race, a film that has itself become a Classic. Best selling writer William Fotheringham has written a widely praised “biography” of Leth’s meisterwerk – how it was conceived and made and what became of the men and the places in it – and will be on hand to answer questions about the film and its maker.

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