Previously at the ICA - Films
11 Jul 2014 – 17 Jul 2014
★★★★ 'Makes a persuasive case for its subject and why, before his fall from grace, he was so adored by every rung of Italian society.'
Although often dogged by doping allegations during his career, in 1998 the colourful and hugely popular cyclist Marco Pantani—nicknamed ‘the Pirate’—won both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, an extraordinary mental and physical feat never since repeated: “You felt almost not worthy to be in his company,” observed Bradley Wiggins. But although a hero to millions, six years later, aged just 34, he died alone in a cheap hotel room from cocaine poisoning.
Tracing Pantani’s history from his childhood through his 1994 racing breakthrough and onwards to controversy and betrayal, James Erskine’s film combines the director’s talent for both emotional drama (Holby City, Torchwood) and sports documentary (One Night In Turin). Notable sportspeople and commentators ranging from Wiggins to the Guardian’s Richard Williams add grist to the impressive mill.
Pantani: the Accidental Death of a Cyclist, dir James Erskine, UK 2013, 96 mins
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