Archive for April, 2012

April 30, 2012

american flyers ….

Directed by Steve Badham, 1985)Stars David Grant a Marcus, a young cyclist who dreams of winning a prestigious bike race in colorado, with a young kevin Costner supporting as his elder brother, a failed international. Also written by Tesich(Breaking Away) , this one uses cycling to explore the tensions within Marcus’s family. Great ’80′s soundtrack, the most fearsome beard in cycling ans fine location shooting from the coors classic. Badham was also responsible for the iconic disco film Saturday Night Fever.

( inspired the Hindi movie ‘Jo Jeeta woh Sikandar’ )

April 30, 2012

breaking away ….

Breaking Away is a 1979 American film. A coming of age story, it follows a group of four male teenagers inBloomington, Indiana, who have recently graduated from high school. It stars Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid,Daniel Stern (in his first film role), Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie and Paul Dooley. The film was written by Steve Tesich (an alumnus of Indiana University) and directed by Peter Yates. Tesich would go on to script another cycling-themed film, American Flyers, starring Kevin Costner. The film was shot in and around Bloomington, Indiana and on the scenic campus of Indiana University.

The film won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Tesich, and also received nominations forBest Actress in a Supporting Role (Barbara Barrie), Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Picture. The film also won the 1979 Golden Globe Award for Best Film (Comedy or Musical).

The film is ranked eighth on the List of America’s 100 Most Inspiring Movies compiled by the American Film Institute(AFI) in 2006. In June 2008, AFI announced its “Ten top Ten”—the best ten films in ten “classic” American film genres—after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. Breaking Away was acknowledged as the eighth best film in the sports genre

April 30, 2012

a sunday in hell ….

A Sunday in Hell (original title: En Forårsdag i Helvede) is a 1976 Danish documentary film directed by Jørgen Leth. The film is a chronology of the 1976 Paris–Roubaix bicycle race from the perspective of participants, organizers and spectators.

Paris–Roubaix is the most famous and usually the most dramatic of the spring classics. Much of the latter portion is over narrow, cobbled tracks that choke with dust on dry days and become slick and muddy in rain. For the riders it’s a challenge to keep going without puncturing or crashing.

The film captures not just the events of the 1976 edition but the atmosphere of a professional race. It begins by introducing the contenders: Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck (the previous year’s winner), Freddy Maertens, andFrancesco Moser, each with their supporting riders (the domestiques), who are charged with helping their team leader win. The film gives views of the team directors, protesters (the race is halted for a while), spectators, mechanics and riders. As the cobbled section is entered the selection begins. Riders puncture, crash, make the wrong move – the race plays out. By the finish in the velodrome in Roubaix only a few are in with a chance. The winner is a surprise, but that is part of the appeal. Post-race the exhausted riders, mired in dirt, give interviews in the velodrome’s showers. They look like men who have been to hell and back

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4IDCkcnnHg

April 30, 2012

the bicycle thief ……

Bicycle Thieves (Italian: Ladri di biciclette), also known as The Bicycle Thief, is a 1948 Italian neo-realist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a poor man searching the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle, which he needs to be able to work. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Luigi Bartolini and was adapted for the screen by Cesare Zavattini. It stars Lamberto Maggiorani as the poor man searching for his lost bicycle and Enzo Staiola as his son.

It was given an Academy Honorary Award in 1950, and, just four years after its release, was deemed the greatest film of all time by the magazine Sight & Sound‘s poll of filmmakers and critics in 1952. The film placed sixth as the greatest ever made in Sight & Sound’s latest directors’ poll, conducted in 2002, and was ranked in the top 10 of the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.

The plot of the 2007 Tamil film, Polladhavan, which features Dhanush trying to find his stolen bike, was loosely inspired by Bicycle Thieves.

April 27, 2012

Sentimental Conversation

In the artistic work of Salvador Dali, it is possible to discover numerous sporting elements incorporated almost exclusively in the presurrealist and surrealist periods.

Dali’s affection for cycling is reflected in some of his pictorial works. In several of them, he represents a horde of cyclists, riding in various directions in a perspective of great depth ; the
cyclists — all bearded — carry different objects on their heads : round stones in “Illuminated Pleasures” (1929), long loaves of bread in “Babaouo” (1932), heavy stones that hold down the
ends of an ample wedding veil in the decor for the ballet “Sentimental Conversation” (1944) and strange tubers in “Surrealistic Gondola on Burning Bicycles” (1934). In other canvases — “The
Little Theatre” (1934), “Medium-paranoiac Image” (1935), “Perspectives” (1936), or “Hollywood” (1967) — it is possible also to observe among the characters a few cyclists crossing the
scene. In 1959, Dali painted one of the twentythree official postcards for the Tour de France.

April 27, 2012

Self Portrait of Ramon Casas i Carbó with Pere Romeu on a Tandem, 1897 (oil on panel)

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Wonder, silence, gratitude

one who is going upstream ......

one who is going upstream ......

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