Vita in Bicicletta
By: Francesco Quinn
Date: Thursday, 12/14/2006
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: 1023 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles
(Istituto Italiano di Cultura)(MAP)
Organized by: Italian Consulate General, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles; ICE; Enit; Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West; Regione Toscana; etc.
In collaboration with: Istituto Italiano di Cultura
In this documentary, part of a television series on the bicycle, director Francesco Quinn focuses on the multi-faceted role this vehicle plays in our lives. Not just a sport or an inexpensive means of transportation, cycling represents a way of life. It provides us with ways to be part of the elements, navigating the slope and the hill with warm and cool winds, with the scent of field and flower, and the salty taste of our own physical exertion. In La Vita in Bicicletta (Life on a Bike), Quinn recounts the significance of the bicycle from the time it was introduced to him as a child by his father, late actor Anthony Quinn.
Quinn takes us on a tour of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas as if we were traveling through Tuscany, encountering forgotten landscapes, unfamiliar and isolated lakes, bike roads, exotic architecture, and restaurants unknown to the public. Riding a bike, we can view the landscape in a way not possible from a car or a speeding motorbike. While the physical exertion brings us feelings of well-being, the visual pleasures fill our hearts and minds with memories that will stay with us forever. In this journey, Quinn is accompanied by well-known actors and personalities, as well as cycling experts and novices.
This event is organized by the Italian Consulate General; the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles; Italian Film Commission; Enit; Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West; Regione Toscana; TV Libera Toscana; Assessorato alla Provincia di Pistoia; Trialtir; and Storyville Studios Burbank California.