The impossible hour

Jørgen Leth, Denmark, 1975

45 min.DK/Documentary

A concentrated study of Ole Ritter's attempt to recapture the most compelling and most difficult record set in professional cycling: a one-hour, one-man race on a track. The attempts to break the record took place in Mexico City in November 1974. The film includes a description of Ritter's special training on a sophisticated purpose-built track bike and the psychological conditioning required for achieving a concentrated performance at this level. "The Impossible Hour" is a study of a loner's defiant - and unsuccessful - attempt to make sporting history.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards
Original title Den umulige time
Danish title Den umulige time
Keywords Ritter, Ole, Cycling, Records, 1970-1979
Director Jørgen Leth
Screenplay Jørgen Leth
Director of Photography J.M. Berasaluce
Editor Anders Refn
Sound Ezcar Traven
Appearance Ole Ritter
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral
International sales
Technical info 498 meter, 16 mm, color, Sound
TV release 07.11.1975
Danish rating Allowed for all
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Production company
Executive Producer Spectrum Film
Domestic distribution Statens Filmcentral


Direction Jørgen Leth


Script Jørgen Leth


Production Jørgen Leth
Production Ib Dam


Cinematography J.M. Berasaluce


Editing Anders Refn


Sound Ezcar Traven
Sound mixer Gert Madsen


Voiceover Jørgen Leth


Appearance Ole Ritter

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