Following on from the Lambretta documentary, there is a Forever Vespa documentary on Talking Pictures coming up soon.
Thankfully, I’m giving you more notice than I gave for the Lambretta one, which was a bit last minute and as I write, not scheduled to show again. But this is Talking Pictures, so I’m sure it will come round again.
In the meantime, have a look at this one from the rival camp. Details are a little scarce on the Talking Pictures site, saying just this:
Vespa: Italian symbol of a fresh start at the end of World War II. Years after its arrival on the scene, Vespa is still a cult object worldwide even for the younger generations.
But after a bit of digging, I found an Italian documentary of the same name and I am pretty sure this is the one showing on Talking Pictures. The details of that go something like this:
The Vespa: An Italian symbol of a fresh start at the end of World War II; a picture of optimism and of growing wealth; an emblem of the family; and the witness of many love stories.
Exactly 62 years after its arrival on the scene, the Vespa is still a cult object worldwide for young and old, a vehicle capable of changing its look while keeping its own familiar design. A mere scooter, it has remained in vogue for no less than six decades.
Its story runs parallel with the history of Italy and Europe from the end of the war until the present day, step by step with the social and cultural changes that have taken place in the last 60 years.
The story is narrated with the help of firsthand testimonials, exclusive interviews with those who first launched the Vespa on the market, designers of various models over the years, those who have analysed the Vespa phenomenon, as well as charming interviews with collectors and fans of Vespas worldwide…Forever Vespa.
An Italian documentary so likely to be with subtitles, it shows on Sunday 14th June 202 at 10:45 and runs for about an hour, which fits in with the one here. It’s also followed by Be My Guest, the 1960s movie with Steve Marriott. So a good way to kill a couple of hours in front of the TV.