Jørgen Leth, 2010
A sensual and poetic, yet sober look at human eroticism. An anthropologist (Jørgen Leth) collects material for a study on the nature and significance of the erotic. Identifying a number of travel destinations where he will look for the erotic in countries where he knows it exists, he seeks to examine what makes the erotic so important in human life.
The five obstructions
Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier, 2003
Together with Danish documentary film veteran Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier enters the world of documentary filmmaking and takes on the task of challenging conventional ways of documentary and film production. In 1967 Jørgen Leth made a 13 min. short film called »The Perfect Human«, a document on human behaviour.
Jørgen Leth, 1996
Jørgen Leth has made Haïti his second home for a number of years. In his cinema verité-style, he delves into Haïti's past and present to explore the nation's crazy quilt of non-fiction fiction, fantastic realism, voodoo, myth, mystery and bare-knuckled politicts. All the while, Leth is on the alert, looking, listening, but avoiding the common trap of making righteous political and social statements.
Notebook from China
Jørgen Leth, 1987
Danish film director Jørgen Leth is well known for his drama-documentaries such as »Stars and Water Carriers«, »A Sunday in Hell«, »Peter Martins - A Dancer«, »66 Scenes from America« and many others. Now he has made a feature-length documentary called »Notebook from China«. The film is based on more than twenty hours of film made during 6,000 kilometres train journey through China.
Jørgen Leth, 1983
Writer-director Jørgen Leth's first actual feature film retains the filmmaker's stylistic trademarks (meditative voice-over narration, fragmented action, some of it improvised) in telling the story of a Danish newsman going through an indentity crisis while covering events in El Salvador and Haïti. A mysterious woman appears, disappears. Evocative moods takes precendence throughout.
66 Scenes From America
Jørgen Leth, 1982
The film is a personal subjective impression, acutely sensed and perceived. The approach has been to register whatever exercises a fascination and place it in a surprising context. In Jørgen Leth's own words: »A documentary about the USA today.
A sunday in hell
Jørgen Leth, 1977
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.
Stars and water carriers
Jørgen Leth, 1974
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.
Life in Denmark
Jørgen Leth, 1972
The intention of the film is to give an impression of what small exotic Denmark looks like, what the strange Danes look like and how they are. Nearly 100 Danes are presented in the film, amongst them a racing cyclist, a Minister of Finance, a popular actor and 13 unmarried women from a provincial town. "There is too much fogginess and rain and melancholy in most of the pictures of Denmark", says Jørgen Leth.