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a little bit unusual,
This review is from: Two-Lane Blacktop [DVD] (DVD)
This film is a touch bewildering, and all the better for it. Two guys who know nothing except cars and racing, cruise across the US. In tow is a girl (credited as "the girl", no-one is granted a credited character name here, and the cars are credited too which is a neat touch) who is aimlessly drifting across the States, going nowhere, carefree and barely a thought in her head it seems. The drivers are scratching around, day to day existance, winning street races for cash to get buy. Somehow (I forget how) they get into a "race" to DC with a dandyish guy in a swish vehicle. He continually picks up hitchers and has a new story for every one, but each hitcher is too much for him or tires of his stories. Meanwhile, the scenes are fractured and so is the minimal dialogue (the poor sound quality doesn't help this to be honest). Nothing hangs together. There is no real story thread. Here's a scene. There's a scene. The ending is nothing. There's Some beautiful shots of driving through the back of beyond, the middle of nowhere. What is this film about? I am not entirely sure, but I do know that it is a fascinating watch. There is a commentary on the DVD but I don't want to watch it, in case it explains everything. Life isn't like that. There is no commentary. Things just happen. Go with it.
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2010 04:10:27 GMT
Jason Kirkfield says:
"There is a commentary on the DVD but I don't want to watch it, in case it explains everything."
Why not watch it without the first time and then enjoy it again. In my opinion it's a great opportunity to hear what Monte Hellman thinks about his own masterpiece.
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