Statewide Media Resource Coordinator
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
From: Brigid Duffy [SMTP:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2000 9:07 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: VTR Gala - Thoughts
Can't agree more that the Gala was a great event. One thought has
sticking in the back of my brain; Studs Terkel's comment on the
generation's disinterest in "Bicycle Thief". He's right, it is a
movie, and it's true, post-Generation X doesn't get it. But then...
"Bicycle Thief" is a story about people on the edge of starvation
about deeply felt familial love. Young people today, on the whole,
no experience of either theme. Widespread hunger is something
their own lives - it's something you see on tv in some foreign
country. And the social expectation of stable family relations is
Even if kids today have that kind of love in their lives, the way
families break up now, the idea that a father and son would rather
together than live apart is totally alien to what they know of life.
to that the movie is set in post-World War II Italy (in a foreign
and in their grandparents' era) this beautiful film classic means
virtually nothing in them.
Okay, I'm climbing down off my soapbox now.
Audio Visual/ITV Center
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132-4200