Jørgen Leth (Denmark)

Jørgen Leth was born 1937 in Århus, Denmark. He studied literature and anthropology in Aarhus and Copenhagen and was a cultural critic (jazz, theatre, film) for leading Danish newspapers from 1959 to 1968. His interest in Polish anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski had a profound influence on his work. He travelled in Africa (1961), South America and India (1966) and Southeast Asia (1970–71). His first book was published in 1962 and he has written 10 volumes of poetry and eight non-fiction books. He made his first film in 1963 and has since made 40 more, many distributed worldwide. His most acclaimed is a 1967 short, The Perfect Human, which also featured in the 2003 film The Five Obstructions made by Leth and Lars von Trier. Leth's sports documentaries bring an epic, almost mythic, dimension to the field, as seen in Stars and Watercarriers/Stjernerne og Vandbærerne (1973) and A Sunday in Hell/En forårsdag i helvede (1977).
He has been a creative consultant for the Danish Film Institute (1971–73, 1975–77) as well as chairman of the Institute's board (1977–82). He has also been a professor at the Danish National Film School in Copenhagen, at the State Studiocenter in Oslo and has lectured at UCLA, Berkeley, Harvard and other American universities.
Leth covered the Tour de France for Denmark's TV 2 from 1988 until 2005 as the expert commentator in partnership with journalist Jørn Mader. In 1999, he was appointed Danish honorary consul in Haiti. He has lived in Jacmel, Haiti since 1991.

You can see Truls Lie's film The Seduced Human about Leth at DAFilms.com

Filmography

  • Stopforbud / Stop for Bud
    1963
  • Se frem til en tryg tid / Look Forward to a Time of Security
    1964
  • Det perfekte menneske / The Perfect Human
    1967
  • Ofelias blomster / Ophelia's Flowers
    1968
  • Nar himlen, nar jorden / Near Heaven, Near Earth - together with Ole John
    1968
  • Jens Otto Krag
    1969
  • Dyrehavefilmen / The Deer Garden
    1969
  • Motion Picture
    1970
  • Eftersogningen / The Search
    1970
  • Dyrehaven: Den romantiske skov / The Deer Garden: The Romantic Forest
    1970
  • Frandelos / Without Kin
    1970
  • Livet i Danmark / Life in Denmark
    1971
  • Kinesisk bordtennis / Chinese Ping-Pong
    1972
  • Stjernerne og vandbarerne / The Stars and the Water Carriers
    1974
  • Klaus Rifbjerg
    1974
  • Den umulige time / The Impossible Hour
    1974
  • Det gode og det onde / The Good and the Bad
    1975
  • En forårsdag i Helvede / A Sunday in Hell
    1976
  • Kalule
    1979
  • At danse Bournonville
    1979
  • Step on Silence
    1982
  • 66 scener fra Amerika / 66 Scenes from America
    1982
  • Udenrigskorrespondenten / Haiti Express
    1983
  • Notater fra Kina / Notebook from China
    1986
  • Det legende menneske / Moments of Play
    1986
  • Notater om kærligheden / Notes on Love
    1989
  • Traberg
    1992
  • Michael Laudrup - en fodboldspiller / Michael Laudrup: A Football Player
    1993
  • Haiti. Uden titel / Haiti. Untitled
    1996
  • Jeg er levende - Søren Ulrik Thomsen, digter/ I Am Alive
    1999
  • Drømmere / Dreamers
    2002
  • Nye scener fra Amerika / New Scenes from America
    2003
  • De fem benspænd / The Five Obstructions
    2003
  • Aarhus
    2005
  • Det Meste Af Tiden
    2009
  • Erotic Man
    2010
  • Jeg taler til jer - John Kørners verden / I Am Talking To You
    2013
  • Pelota II
    2015

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