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Hugo Koblet - Pédaleur de charme Switzerland 2010 – 97min.

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Hugo Koblet - Pédaleur de charme

The rise and fall of Hugo Koblet, the James Dean of Swiss cycling.

With his unexpected win at the Giro d'Italia in 1950, the son of a Zurich baker became a cycling legend overnight. A year later he won the Tour de France, turning him into a sensation and a magnet for women. But after receiving a shot of amphetamines, Koblet begins to have heart problems and has a hard time getting back in perfect shape. When this is shortly followed by financial problems and his wife, the model Sonja Buehl, threatens with divorce over his many affairs, Koblet dies in a car crash in 1964, in which it's still unclear whether it was suicide.

In cleverly edited mix of live action, archival footage and interviews, director Daniel von Aarburg, experienced in fiction but a veteran of documentaries, creates a monument to cycling legend Hugo Koblet. His fans will appreciate the respectful and nostalgic look at his life, but a bit more narrative courage and substance would have made this a better film.

11.08.2010

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