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Two-Lane Blacktop

Title: 
Two-Lane Blacktop
Year: 
1971
Film Format: 
dvd
Director: 
Hellman, Monte
Language: 
English
Country: 
United States
Actors: 
James Taylor
Actors: 
Denis Wilson
Actors: 
Warren oates
Actors: 
Laurie Bird
Actors: 
Script: Rudolph Wurlitzer

This exciting existentialist road movie by Monte Hellman, with a swell
script by Rudolph Wurlitzer and Will Corry and my favorite Warren Oates
performance, looks even better now than it did in 1971, although it was
pretty interesting back then as well. James Taylor and Dennis Wilson
are the drivers of a supercharged '55 Chevy, and Oates is the owner of
a new GTO (these nameless characters are in fact identified only by the
cars they drive); they meet and agree to race from New Mexico to the
east coast, though an assortment of side interests periodically
distracts them, including various hitchhikers (among them Laurie Bird).
(GTO hilariously assumes a new persona every time he picks up a new
passenger, rather like the amorphous narrator in Wurlitzer's novel Nog.)
The movie starts off as a narrative but gradually grows into something
much more abstract—it's unsettling but also beautiful. 101 min. By
Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago reader

Date Arrival: 
5 December 2006