Michael Ritchie – Downhill Racer [+Extras] (1969)


Criterion wrote:
Astonishing Alpine location photography and a young Robert Redford in one of his earliest starring roles are just two of the visual splendors of Michael Ritchie’s visceral debut feature, Downhill Racer. In a beautifully understated performance, Redford is David Chappellet, a ruthlessly ambitious skier competing for Olympic gold with an underdog American team in Europe, and Gene Hackman provides tough support as the coach who tries to temper the upstart’s narcissistic drive for glory. With a subtle screenplay by acclaimed novelist James Salter, Downhill Racer is a vivid character portrait buoyed by breathtakingly fast and furious imagery that brings the viewer directly into the mind of the competitor.

Featurette: How Fast. – Duration : 00:12:25
This is a summary of the movie narrated by Robert Redford. Probably used as a promotional vehicle for the movie.
Featurette: Coblenz, Harris, and Jalbert. – Duration : 00:29:51
In this 2009 video piece, production manager Walter Coblenz, editor Richard Harris, and technical adviser, ski double and cameraman Joe Jay Jalbert discuss the making of Downhill Racer
Interview with Robert Redford and screenwriter James Salter – Duration : 00:33:48
Each of whom offer a wealth of information about the circuitous route the film took to its completion.
Trailer – Duration: 00:02:39



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