Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Ski Racer

Ski Racer (1969)
dir. Paul Ryan

Downhill Racer (1969)
dir. Michael Ritchie

Ski Racer and Downhill Racer were both shot at the 1969 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. Paul Ryan's camera crew is even in the background of Michael Ritchie's film. Downhill Racer has entered the canon, but Paul Ryan's excellent direct cinema film seems to have slipped through the cracks. I only discovered it through in a Film Quarterly back issue. It's worth a watch and the intertextuality - as it usually does - enhances both films.

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