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||IMDB Rating: 7.0/10 from votes
||Release: 16 May 2014 (UK) /
||Genre: Biography, Documentary, Sport
||Director: James Erskine,
||Stars: Andrea Gambadoro, Conan Sweeny
||Synopsis: In 1998 Marco Pantani, the most flamboyant and popular cyclist of his era, won both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, a titanic feat of physical and mental endurance that no rider has repeated since. He was a hero to millions, the saviour of cycling following the doping scandals which threatened to destroy the sport. However, less than six years later, aged just 34, he died alone, in a cheap hotel room, from acute cocaine poisoning. He had been an addict for five years. This is the story of the tragic battles fought by the most important Italian cyclist of his generation; man verses mountain, athlete verses addiction, Marco Pantani verses himself. Written by Anonymous
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Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist tells the rise and fall
story of one of the most celebrated cyclists of recent years. In 1998,
Marco Pantani won the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. An achievement
that has never been repeated since on account of the extreme endurance
levels required to win both races. Unfortunately, doping allegations
effectively ended his career and he went into a downward spiral ending
in a cocaine related death in 2004.
Director James Erskine is no stranger to the sports documentary. Just
last year I was fortunate enough to attend the premiere of Battle of
the Sexes, his film about Billie Jean King's match with the
chauvinistic Bobby Riggs. It was an excellent film, with drama, history
and heart. It remains frustratingly little seen which is unbelievable.
With 'Pantani' Erskine returns to similar territory but with less
impressive results. The story certainly has potential but it's not
always told in the most interesting manner. Pantani himself is shown to
be an incredible athlete who had an extraordinary ability to climb and
descend high gradients but he is never really someone who we ever truly
connect with in this documentary. We don't get to learn much of his
character; consequently his tragedy has less impact than it should.
While the film does take quite a hazy view of the doping allegations
that ultimately undid him which makes things unnecessarily unclear. His
death also is only briefly covered. These negative story elements are
crucial to the narrative and it would have been better if they had been
covered more in depth, directly and objectively.
These considerations aside, this is still a well-made documentary. It
takes the talking heads format but also has a lot of material from the
time, with some good cycling footage. I personally had not even heard
of Marco Pantani before seeing this and I only knew very general things
about cycling as a sport. It was very educational on these fronts. One
of the points it also makes is that professional athletes at the top of
their sports are often merely just pawns in a big money machine; once
they fall from their perch they can be disregarded because they are no
longer of use to the business. Pantani seemed to be an example of this
and it was directly responsible to his untimely death. It's a sad story
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