60 Cycles

Jean-Claude Labrecque shot 60 Cycles in 1965 using a 1000mm lenses lent by NASA, documenting the Tour de St. Laurent, a long-distance bike race set in Quebec featuring international riders. At 16 minutes, 60 Cycles is an amazing documentary that feels both very Canadian (given the Quebec setting) and European (aside from road cycling being more of a European pursuit, many of the racers are in fact European). Watch it for the old-school Merino cycling jerseys, the vintage shots of the Quebec countryside or the sheer beauty of distance cycling. Note that the film also has a great surf rock soundtrack that will satisfy any fans of Ventures, Dick Dale or the Phantom Surfers.


You can watch the whole film here.


Yma Sumac – Live in Moscow (1960)

It is April 9, 2013, and it would appear that spring is finally here.

In celebration, here is a video of the incomparable Yma Sumac, the Peruvian goddess with a vocal range in excess of four octaves, singing live in Moscow. Enjoy.

Sylvia Kristel Interview

This 2007 interview between Emmanuelle star Sylvia Kristel (five years before her death in 2012) and Telegraph writer Mick Brown is surprisingly insightful, covering a range of material from 70s decadence to Harry Nilsson to Jean Arcelin, CEO of Chrysler Jeep Dodge in France and the co-writer of Kristel’s memoir. It is worth reading in full:

The more Kristel talks, the more you find yourself warming to her. She is winningly candid and unapologetic about herself, devoid of any airs or pretensions – someone who has come to regard the switchback journey that life has taken her on with a droll sense of humour and, more importantly, a sense of proportion. While it is true that as an actress she was never able to escape the blessing and curse that was Emmanuelle, she was able to make a career of sorts. ‘There was one director who said I was the type of actress who loses interest after three weeks, and that’s true,’ she admits. ‘It’s very boring to sit on a set and wait until it’s finally your turn. But I know now that no film could have beaten Emmanuelle, box-office wise or in its impact. I got a lot of letters from people – “You saved our marriage” – and so…’

For the rest of the interview, click here.

Above pic from photo blog If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger.