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Motivational Movies While Wrench-Turning

I have a laptop in my garage, that's connected to my laser engraver and one of my 3D printers. When working on my cars or motorcycles, I often like to play to movies that inspire and motivate me...featuring cars or car culture:

For specific cars:
1960 Impala - Grease, American Graffiti
'72 and '76 Super Beetle convertibles - Herbie the Love Bug movies (too easy, I know)
Alfa Romeo - I've got nothing! Many times during my recent engine rebuild, I thought it would be nice to have something appropriate to an Italian sports car.

Any movie suggestions? I'd even entertain something European that's been overdubbed, or has subtitles.

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The Italian Job. The original one. Lots of Alfas to look at in that one.

Tequila Sunrise.
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The Girl On A Motorcycle


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Girl_on_a_Motorcycle

I haven't seen this one but it sound good.

Il Sorpasso (The Easy Life)

This is probably one of the best films ever made, and surely one of the best Italy has produced. An extraordinary chemistry among the three leads Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Louis Trintignant and a very young, beautiful Catherine Spaak brings the audience on board a fabulous Lancia Aurelia B24 Convertible for the journey of a lifetime. Directed by Dino Risi in 1962, it is a must-see.

Maybe This

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_chi..._la_patente%3F

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Uhm....The Graduate???

"Mrs. Robinson, I think you're trying to seduce me"
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I have the velocity channel on or oldies music from YouTube. Usually oldies like Chuck Berry, Beach Boys, Dion etc.
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Uhm....The Graduate???

"Mrs. Robinson, I think you're trying to seduce me"
To me, the car is just a prop in that movie, not a focus of the story line. It doesn't inspire me to ratchet anything. Of course, Ann Bancroft's real name was Anna Maria Louisa Italiano; you can't get much more Italian than that!

I'll admit that I do watch Cannonball Run sometimes, as it embraces several car genres (including a motorcycle).

I have a special affinity for Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, which is a favorite of mine since childhood. I've been to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (which is where they shot the Vulgaria town scenes) several times, and have visited the film locations. In German, it's spelled Tschitti-Tschitti-Bäng-Bäng.

I keep hoping to find something featuring Italian autos, and actresses like Sophia Loren, Gina Lolobrigida, etc.
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Kevin, don't tell me you forgot about The Graduate, or the original Italian Job? I know they may seem a bit "cameo"ish but they are there! Let me poke around some and see if I can come up with something....
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"A Man and A Woman". Great, classic, 60's European story with some great Mustang driving scenes, although it's probably more fun just watching Amok Aimee.

Forgot to mention this one: "World's Fastest Indian". More a bike movie than a car movie but a great gearhead film nonetheless.
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Kevin, don't tell me you forgot about The Graduate, or the original Italian Job? I know they may seem a bit "cameo"ish but they are there! Let me poke around some and see if I can come up with something....
I must admit that I've never seen The Italian Job...neither the original or the remake. I just read online that the original has better car scenes, but the remake is a better movie. I'll have to find or download the original.

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I have about 2 hours of Italian music that I play while I work on the Alfas.

And sometimes, I just sit in the garage and listen to the music while sipping a Campari and soda ...
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my favorite alfa movie scene
I didn't even know what car it was when I first saw the film....but found out and ended up with one
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This is only half an hour long, but I find it tremendously inspiring! (I'm sure many here know it)


Enjoy!
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This is only half an hour long, but I find it tremendously inspiring! (I'm sure many here know it)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PExBCwPrFpE

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What a great film! Thanks for posting it!
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The first five minutes of the original "Italian Job," but you won't get any work done &/or the last five minutes of "The Maltese Falcon" where Bogies says, "It's the stuff men's dreams are made of."

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