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 DAFilm.com

Filmography

  • Stopforbud/ Stop for Bud
    12´, Denmark, 1963
  • Se frem til en tryg tid/ Look Forward to a Time of Security
    10´, Denmark, 1964
  • Det perfekte menneske/ The Perfect Human
    12´, Denmark, 1967
  • Ofelias blomster/ Ophelia's Flowers
    7´, Denmark, 1968
  • Nar himlen, nar jorden/ Near Heaven, Near Earth - together with Ole John
    26´, Denmark, 1968
  • Jens Otto Krag
    18´, Denmark, 1969
  • Dyrehavefilmen/ The Deer Garden
    5´, Denmark, 1969
  • Motion Picture
    20´, Denmark, 1970
  • Eftersogningen/ The Search
    36´, Denmark, 1970
  • Dyrehaven: Den romantiske skov/ The Deer Garden: The Romantic Forest - with Per Kirkeby (39´,
  • enmark, 1970)
  • Frandelos/ Without Kin
    66´, Denmark, 1970
  • Livet i Danmark/ Life in Denmark
    Denmark, 1971
  • Kinesisk bordtennis/ Chinese Ping-Pong
    14´, Denmark, 1972
  • Eddy Merckx i narheden af en kop kaffe/ Eddy Merckx in the Vicinity of a Cup of Coffee (29´,
  • enmark, 1973)
  • Stjernerne og vandbarerne/ The Stars and the Water Carriers
    91´, Denmark, 1974
  • Klaus Rifbjerg
    22´, Denmark, 1974
  • Den umulige time/ The Impossible Hour
    45´, Denmark, 1974
  • Det gode og det onde/ The Good and the Bad
    78´, Denmark, 1975
  • En forårsdag i Helvede/ A Sunday in Hell
    111´, Denmark, 1976
  • Kalule
    57´, Denmark, 1979
  • At danse Bournonville
    52´, Denmark, 1979
  • Step on Silence
    58´, Denmark/USA, 1982
  • 66 scener fra Amerika/ 66 Scenes from America
    42´, Denmark, 1982
  • Udenrigskorrespondenten/ Haiti Express
    105´, Denmark, 1983
  • Notater fra Kina/ Notebook from China
    79´, Denmark, 1986
  • Det legende menneske/ Moments of Play
    77´, Denmark, 1986
  • Notater om kærligheden/ Notes on Love
    91´, Denmark, 1989
  • Traberg
    90´, Denmark, 1992
  • Michael Laudrup - en fodboldspiller/ Michael Laudrup: A Football Player
    74´, Denmark, 1993
  • Haiti. Uden titel/ Haiti. Untitled
    82´, Denmark, 1996
  • Jeg er levende - Søren Ulrik Thomsen, digter/ I Am Alive
    40´, Denmark, 1999
  • Drømmere/ Dreamers
    58´, Denmark, 2002
  • Nye scener fra Amerika/ New Scenes from America
    35´, Denmark, 2003
  • De fem benspænd/ The Five Obstructions
    90´, Denmark/Belgium/France/Switzerland, 2003
  • Aarhus
    28´, Denmark, 2005
  • Det Meste Af Tiden
    10, Denmark, 2009
  • Erotic Man
    85, Denmark, 2010
  • Jeg taler til jer - John Kørners verden/I Am Talking To You
    57', Denmark, 2013

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