Pour un maillot jaune

Posted By : kammamuri | Date : 15 Nov 2008 17:36:00 | Comments : 1 |

Pour un maillot jaune
French | 25.54 min | 640x336 | FPS 25 | MPEG-4 Visual DivX 5 | mp3 192 kbps 44100 Hz 2 channels | 158 MB
Genre Documentary / Sport

Note: most of following text comes from Wikipedia.

Pour Un Maillot Jaune (For a yellow jersey) follows the 1965 Tour de France not as a sports documentary but an atmospheric film of the events that surround it. Where riders are shown racing, it is an illustration of the hardship or the danger they face. The main events are the daily routines of the competitors, the bossing about of spectators by officials (which Lelouch emphasises by adding animal noises to the soundtrack), the monotonous days of journalists who follow the race for hours to write only a few hundred words, and the evening entertainment laid on by the Europe-1 radio station.

The film starts with a scene of riders arriving at the start by train and then of race organisers Jacques Goddet and Félix Lévitan and an anonymous man with a cigarette in his mouth supervising the cutting of a blue, white and red ribbon across the road as a band plays the Marseillaise the French national anthem. The film then jumps - as it does throughout its 30 minutes - to an open-air mass for riders wearing their race clothes.

There are dramatic shots of riders climbing mountains, often with breathtaking views, a struggle which Lalouch emphasises by slowly fading down the heartbeat-like music to near silence, stressing each rider's lone and silent battle with himself. In more light-hearted scenes, the team manager Raphael Géminiani is shown angrily realising he has been filmed while he has been asleep, and the soigneur Louis Guerlacher is shown kneading a rider's muscles as though they were soggy baguettes.

Unlike Vive Le Tour, an earlier film by Louis Malle and with which Pour Un Maillot Jaune is inevitably associated, Claude Lelouch uses no narrator and depends on the film to tell its own story. He portrays the spirit of the moment with repeated musical themes, some of them not always perfectly edited. Only occasional does the sound of the moment reach the screen and in one scene, when riders are descending at speed from a mountain, Lalouch has made the error of adding the sound of squealing brakes that would never have happened in real life.

Throughout, the film jumps from colour to black and white and back.

The 1965 Tour de France was won by a young Italian called Felice Gimondi, riding only as a late inclusion. Felice Gimondi is the rider shown by movie poster.



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Posted By: kammamuri Date: 16 Nov 2008 22:05:37
This is my first post and I did a couple of errors, including to forget the rar archives password ( that is 23borneo12). Sorry to all the guys who have already downloaded this Lelouch's work. In any case I've just updated the post