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An efficient, sprightly sports doc about the rise and fall of 1990s cycling superstar Marco Pantani.
The tragedy of a premature death persists, and Erskine puts in enough legwork to keep the rest competitive.
It's hard to go too far wrong with a documentary on Italian cycling sensation, Marco Pantani, when the sheer raw materials are so compelling.
James Erskine crafts an empathetic portrait of the athlete, who came from nothing to gain everything and then lose it all.
You're left with the impression that the charismatic Pantani was more sinned against than sinning.
Filmmaker James Erskine gives even the most profoundly uninitiated viewer (such as me) plenty of opportunities to understand, cheer for, and mourn the man...
This may be a romanticised account but it makes a persuasive case for its subject and makes us understand why, before his fall from grace, he was so adored by every rung of Italian society.
The sense you get of this man is that he was trying to heal his own wounds by winning.
Pantani is ultimately a disappointment as it takes a gripping and intriguing story and tells it in a way which is often dull and frustrating.
It makes for a great story but Pantani remains an elusive figure and the film is annoyingly inconclusive and evasive - more determined to cheer his achievements than explore the bigger picture of his rise and fall.
A solid, but very basic documentary profile of the tragically deceased giant of '90s cycling.
Pantani's ebullience and delight in his own talent always come through - he still commands the sort of respect Lance Armstrong (who appears here now and again, at his most hubristic) can only dream of.
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