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Riding on the reels

Riding on the reels
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First Published: Wed, Mar 02 2011. 07 35 PM IST

The Motorcycle Diaries and Easy Rider
The Motorcycle Diaries and Easy Rider
Romantic notions of tough men with hearts of gold, the society rebel who rides off into the horizon, and the loud thumping of Harleys are images and sounds that, thanks to Hollywood scriptwriters, are deeply ingrained in our minds as symbolic of unfettered abandon and freedom. Starting 4 March, PVR Cinemas is revisiting the cinematic influence of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle as part of the three-day Freedom Film Festival, being held simultaneously in Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad.
The Wild One (1953) has everything you could ask for in a biker film: leather jackets, tough love, rival gangs, big man with a heart and plenty of racing. Produced by Stanley Kramer, it has Marlon Brando as the leader of a biker gang that roars into a small town.
The Motorcycle Diaries and Easy Rider
While on the subject of classics, Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider (1969) belongs to the pantheon of films that walked the line between art house and cool quite effortlessly. It is about the encounters of two bikers on their way to Mardi Gras.
Terminator 2 (1991) brings Arnold Schwarzenegger back from the future in his most popular role. James Cameron’s much lauded futuristic epic pits Schwarzenegger against an equally strong opponent who’s out to kill future leader John Connor and annihilate anyone and anything that comes in his way. This film’s action never fails to surprise and inspire awe.
The only non-Hollywood film scheduled to be screened, The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) is a visually enchanting trip through the diaries of Che Guevara, then a young medical student bitten by wanderlust, travelling through South America with a friend. As the film rides on the back of Guevara’s words, we are transported into the facets of life in the other Americas, and how deeply it affected the future revolutionary.
Wild Hogs (2007) and Ghost Rider (2007), the remaining two films being shown, don’t quite match the others in terms of quality. Wild Hogs stars Tim Allen and John Travolta, while Ghost Rider is a superhero film featuring Nicholas Cage.
Schedule:
Delhi
7.30pm, at PVR Premiere, Select Citywalk, Saket
4 March: The Motorcycle Diaries
5 March: Wild Hogs
6 March: Easy Rider
7.30pm, at PVR Premiere, Ambience Mall, Gurgaon
4 March: The Wild One
5 March: Terminator 2
6 March: Ghost Rider
Chandigarh
7.30pm, PVR Central Mall
4 March: The Motorcycle Diaries
5 March: Wild Hogs
6 March: Easy Rider
Mumbai
7.30pm, at PVR Phoenix Mills
4 March: The Motorcycle Diaries
5 March: Wild Hogs
6 March: Easy Rider
Bangalore
7.30pm, PVR Forum Mall
4 March: The Motorcycle Diaries
5 March: Wild Hogs
6 March: Easy Rider
Hyderabad
7.30pm, PVR Central Mall
4 March: The Motorcycle Diaries
5 March: Wild Hogs
6 March: Easy Rider
Limited tickets are available at PVR outlets or at www.pvrcinemas.com
anupam1.v@livemint.com
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First Published: Wed, Mar 02 2011. 07 35 PM IST