Biking through the Foreign Films

I once heard a comedian, Eddie Izzard, joking about how the American Dream is to go from rags to riches but the European Dream is “to be in the South of Europe… on a moped with no helmet on, riding along, going ‘Ciao’.”  🙂

I definitely wouldn’t ride my scooter without a helmet, but I love riding this time of year with the warm wind rushing by… it feels like I’m flying. 

I was looking through our extensive foreign film collection here at the library and realized that three of my favorite foreign films, truly incredible movies, have cycling of some kind as a theme. 

In The Motorcycle Diaries it is a 1939 Norton 500 that Ernesto “Che” Guevara and Alberto Granado set out to ride across Latin America.  They eventually have to leave it behind.  I loved this film because of the dialogue between the two young men and also the cinematography is just beautiful. 

In Il Postino a man carries mail back and forth on a bicycle to a famous poet and learns how to romance a beautiful woman.  This is a very sweet love story. 

The bicycle is the central theme of The Bicycle Thief because this man’s survival is dependent upon finding it.  This film was a very powerful portrayal of hunger but has a soft side too.

If you want to throw in an independent American film as well, The World’s Fastest Indian is about a man from New Zealand who builds a motorcycle and competes in the American “Speed Week” on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Some other foreign film picks:

Run Lola Run~A suspense/thriller with an interesting casino scene.

The Dinner Game~A comedy where a man gets duped by his dinner guest.

Wings of Desire~A beautiful drama about angels wanting to become human.

If it’s sunny outside I’ll be riding my scooter.  Ciao!  🙂

scooter-2.jpg Jesse Lee Harmon is the bookkeeper/library assistant at the Oliver Wolcott Library and loves playing guitar & singing her songs, riding her scooter & cooking, especially with fresh herbs and lots of chopping.   

2 thoughts on “Biking through the Foreign Films

  1. I love Eddie Izzard!!! Perhaps we should put in a request for purchase for Dress to Kill and/or Glorious. Thanks for the foreign film recommendations; I always feel a little overwhelmed browsing in that section. =)

  2. Thanks for your recommendations. I appreciate your guidance through the foreign film collection.

    I have seen two of your selections, Il Postino and The Bicycle Thief. I thought they both were outstanding.

    I look forward to checking out others you mentioned.

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