Les États généraux du film documentaire 2010 Fragment of a filmmaker's work: Jørgen Leth Eddy Merckx in the Vicinity of a Cup of Coffee

Eddy Merckx in the Vicinity of a Cup of Coffee ( Eddy Merckx i naerheden af en kop kaffe )
Jørgen Leth
1973 - Danemark - Noir & Blanc - 29'

Obsessed with cycling, Leth is doing a TV programme where he reads his own poetry and shows a cycling race. This is a “transitional film”, anticipating his cycling films while pointing back to his experimental films. The principle of juxtaposing incompatible elements is developed here: Eddy Merckx, and the 1970 Tour de France, coming from one reality that is significant, powerful and real, is offset by a poetry reading in a sterile studio. The studio becomes a controling transmission platform for words and images juxtaposed with the cycling race, representing a reality that cannot be staged.

Photography : Jørgen Leth, Poul Andersen, Per Sønchsen
Production : Danish Broadcasting Corporation DR
Distribution : Danish Film Institute (thomasc@dfi.dk, +45 33 74 35 76)