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Fav Bike Movies....(20 posts)

Fav Bike Movies....kilofoxtrot
Apr 7, 2002 9:13 AM
What are your favorite bike movies? Mine:
Breaking Away

American Flyers


... cheesy movie but comes in handy when you need to link Louie Anderson to Kevin Bacon
Apr 7, 2002 9:39 AM
American flyers b/c the chicks are hot.
you forgot the best: the bycicle thief.colker
Apr 7, 2002 11:31 AM
one of the most important films ever made. it marks the birth of neorealism, an aesthethic and technical movement that changed the face of cinema.
hmm...there's pee wee's greta adventire. there's also a french downhill movie, new, called 6 seconds or something like that.
nothing as good as "point break", a surf movie which is one of my all time greats.
you forgot the best: the bycicle thief.harlett
Apr 7, 2002 1:26 PM
the birth of neorealism is in rossellini's 'rome, open city'
de sica and zavattini certainly continued it--

for fun..'jour de fete', 'hugo's magic pump', 'the bicycle thief'--
for bicyclying. the pbs documentary 'the yellow jersey' and 'a sunday in hell'--
for a history from bike-riding suffragettes to critical mass et. all.'return of the scorcher'
yup, you are right..colker
Apr 7, 2002 3:09 PM
i don't remember "open city"'s narrative structure but i believe it was more conventional then bycicle thief. even though bycicle thief has a highly dramatic charge on the father and son looking for a job, the structure is open, light... they go from one set to another searching their bike. it works like most of the young road movies except the search is not metaphisical (much better, imho)
have never heard of those documentaries. i would love to see them. .
yup, you are right..harlett
Apr 7, 2002 11:27 PM
as rosselini said at the time it was "a film on the obvious"-- i've always thought that there is something to be learned from the fact that a scarcity of equipment, money and actors led to an innovative new genre-- *S*

barbara biscaro.. servico de biblioteca e documentacao at the escola de communicaoes e artes at universedade de sao paulo may be able to give you info on how to get those documentaries-- (011) 3091- 4066.. or prof. lucio martins rodrigues (011) 818 4020
yup, you are right..colker
Apr 8, 2002 4:21 AM
thanks harlett! i didn't know any film researchers around here, only people in the movie industry of rio de janeiro.
godard said there are only two cinemas: american and italian.
neo realism taught me that elegance doesn't necessarily comes from money..
More psuedo-intellectual babble about a veryLazywriter
Apr 7, 2002 8:46 PM
simple question. But hey, let's see who can dissect this and make it an exercise in mental masturbation to see who has the biggest cerebral cortex. Stop with all the pretentiousness. Isn't Hugo's Magic pump a porno? That is the only thing I find interesting about your post (ie. the fact that you watch porno). Bowm-chica-bown-bown.
so.. what would be a true intellectual babble?colker
Apr 8, 2002 4:28 AM
dear colleague,
i've no problem in being chastised on pretentious postures but umless you show some knowledge on history of thought, i'll keep the impression you don't know the difference of an intellect from a pineapple.
best bicycle thief movie for suremr_spin
Apr 8, 2002 8:14 AM
If The Bicycle Thief was actually about a bicycle, it could be the best bicycle movie ever. But it's not. It's really about the cycle of poverty and theft.

You might as well say Winchester '73 is the best movie ever made about a rifle.

Taxi Driver is the best movie ever made about a taxi.

Picnic at Hanging Rock is the best movie ever made about a picnic.

The Bicycle Thief is a great, great film. But a bicycle movie? Hardly. Breaking Away is a bicycle movie. The bike is a character, not a gimmick. Everything revolves around the bike.
was never made..........surly357
Apr 7, 2002 12:58 PM
Remember back in the eighties word was Dustin Hoffman was involved in a TDF movie project? A few years ago a British bike magazine did a story on it - I guess hours upon hours of '86 Tour footage are sitting in cans in some studio vault gathering dust.... Defining moments in modern pro cycling we'll never see. Oh well.
Pee Wee's Big Adventurehusker
Apr 7, 2002 1:46 PM
Any avid cyclist can understand the painful search for a stolen bike. This is, without question, the most believable Hollywood bike movie ever made.
re: Fav Bike Movies....JBurton
Apr 7, 2002 2:52 PM
Saw quicksilver yesterday. It bugs me that his fixed gear bike is not always a fixed gear bike...
My Favorite Bike MovieRadicalRonPruitt
Apr 7, 2002 4:00 PM
Without a doubt. The scene of Pee Wee riding in Le Tour made me fall out of my chair with laughter!
Apr 7, 2002 6:49 PM
Breaking Away!
Kevin Costner The Greatest Cycling Actor!!!!RadicalRonPruitt
Apr 7, 2002 7:01 PM
Apr 7, 2002 8:15 PM
and it is obviously Breaking Away. First of all, it won an Acadmy Award and most importantly, it was about far more than cycling. No other movie had cycling so prominently a major part of the movie and the relationship between Dave and his bicycle was key.
That is why it is unarguably the only cycling movie to date that hits at the core of why we ride. Even the mother says how sickly and bored Dave was before he "got that bike". Cmon now what more proof do you need. Plus the scene when he is riding and looking up at the trees, is there any more explanation needed. Stop asking this ridiculous question already. It is obvioius.
typical coming of age movie...colker
Apr 8, 2002 4:45 AM
boy meets girl, needs to overcome obstacles(rich frat boys) to get her, family doesn't undestand him....c'mon, total cliche. only remarcable acting comes from dennis quaid. only original scenes are the ones involving the italian cycling squad(the best idea in the story).
how many bombs are academy award winners btw?
it's a movie, it has a bycicle.some love it some think it's ok. it won an award but it didn't make history.
Yes, Dad!!! Can I go now???biknben
Apr 8, 2002 5:14 AM
You've made it painfully obvious that there really is no movie other than The "Bycicle" Thief. We all now feel guilty that we don't own copies of it. I'll be sure to look for this history making feature at Blockbuster next weekend. Get over yourself!

I think you should get together with PeeWee at the next showing of Hugo's Magic Pump and create a new cinematic movement, NEOmasturbationISM.
sure "son"colker
Apr 8, 2002 6:26 AM
you don't have anything to say (except grammar tips.). why stay?