Photo by Martin Reis, from issue one of dandyhorse.
ESTRAGON: Charming spot. Inspiring
prospects. Let’s go.
VLADIMIR: We can’t.
ESTRAGON: Why not?
VLADIMIR: We’re waiting for Godot.
ESTRAGON: (despairingly). Ah!
(Pause.) You’re sure it was
ESTRAGON: That we were to wait.
Cyclists must wait, like Samuel
Beckett’s characters, at stop lights
all over the city. But patience need
not be tested at many signalized
intersections where three white dots.
From issue one of dandyhorse.
For more than 100 years we’ve been riding bikes and going to the movies. In this new dandy series we examine how two of the world’s most noted pastimes intersect. When and how have two wheels been caught on film? Over the next six months I’ll be examining cycling in films. It’s one part film review and one part bike nerd exploration. From coming of age nostalgia, to surreal escapism, to film noir and everything in between, here is the first story in the series: Bikes on Reels. Read Part 1 here.
Image from Pee Wee's Big Adventure courtesy of Warner Brothers
Bikes on Reels Part 2
Paul Reubens and Sylvain Chomet take you on a couple of adventures with velocipede obsessives.
Last month I wrote about the way bikes shuttle us from childhood to adulthood.
Currently I would very much like to return to a more … idyllic time. I started writing this piece days after the American election. When pretty much every person I spoke to was at a loss for words. 90% of my conversations that week involved silent head shaking. The film’s I had selected for this month’s piece were a much needed reprieve from the political twilight zone we’d wound up in.
Although they may appear to be as far removed as you can get from current affairs, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) and The Triplets of Belleville (2003) are an enlightening combo that critique greed and selfishness while vaulting empathy and community.
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