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The Camera Steals the Soul, Part 3: cycling in cinema

Posted by leighann | May 8th, 2012 | Filed under Art, Bikes, Who We Are


Since most of us around here are getting back in the saddle after a rather soggy winter (and it’s bike month), we decided it’s time for the third installment of our blog series— The Camera Steals the Soul. You might remember it—our compilation of cheesy Hollywood flicks that have sucked the living soul out of sport (and a few that haven’t). Born out of a few drinks on a cold winter’s night some years ago, our “ode-to-trash” anthology has tackled the ski and surf genres. Now it’s time to shift gears to—yeah, you guessed it—cycling.

Of course, this time around, we’re drinking Prosecco and staring down an 80-degree weekend, which is why our list is short. Plus, we got sidetracked on youtube. You’ll see why.

The Good
Breaking Away
Better off Dead
Napoleon Dynamite
Revenge of the Nerds
A Sunday in Hell

So Bad, It’s Good
American Flyers
Pee Wee’s Big Adventures

The Guilty Pleasures
Sh*t Cyclists Say

Honorable Mention

Wizard of Oz
The Goonies

What did we miss? Let us know.

9 Responses to “The Camera Steals the Soul, Part 3: cycling in cinema”

  • May 9, 2012 at 6:17 am | Jason says

    The Triplets of Belleville is also a pretty good movie about cycling, though animated.

  • May 9, 2012 at 6:36 am | Hugh says

    How could you miss the brilliant Jacques Tati’s “L’Ecole Des Facteurs” (“School for Postmen”)??!!


  • May 9, 2012 at 8:30 am | Alexei Locsin says

    The Bike Thief is worth mentioning.

  • May 9, 2012 at 8:40 am | Phil says

    No Rad?? Best dance scene EVER! And they’re on bikes!


  • May 9, 2012 at 8:46 am | Leighann says

    Phil: There’s no way we would miss the bicycle boogie to Send Me An Angel. It’s on the list.

    As for the others, love all the other suggestions. We’ll have a few youtube moments this afternoon…

  • May 9, 2012 at 11:38 am | matt says

    and don’t forget “Bicycle Thieves” too


  • May 9, 2012 at 11:53 am | Geoff says

    I second the “Triplets of Belleville mention”, and would also like to add “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”, and note that Eben Weiss’ second BikeSnobNYC book (“The Enlightened Cyclist: Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers, and Other Obstacles on the Path to Two-Wheeled Trancendence”) throws that title in too, among other pop-culture references in his comic cycle musings.

  • June 25, 2012 at 11:40 am | Natale R. says

    Gotta put the all time favorite feel-good ‘Now and Then’ on this list -complete summertime shenanigans on a banana-seat/childhood nostalgia.

  • June 27, 2012 at 9:19 am | Kim Pallister says

    Line of Sight, by Lucas Brunelle. (trailer here) http://www.lucasbrunelle.com

    Lucas pioneered custom biking helmet cams over a decade before there was a GoPro, and has been filming underground bike courier races during that time. His clips have been up for a while, but they’ve been assembled into a documentary coming out on DVD next week.

    Lucas, to put it succinctly, is The Shit.

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