TWO. LANE. BLACKTOP.
Eliding notions of identity and direction in its characters, Hellman and the wonderful scriptwriting duo explore the road trip dynamics with such tact and insight we ultimately understand their intentions are far more ambitious than they seem, and their success lies in the simplicity and sheer elegance of their craft.
this movie felt very real and genuine, unlike 'easy rider' which, to me, felt posturing and pretentious. this movie is mesmerizing because of how artlessly everything is pulled off. i feel very inspired by this one.
how does a film with two non-actors and only two other actual actors, that has very minimal dialogue, doesn't use an actual score, and runs for over two hours become a classic? simple: it's that good. "contemplative" cinema, indeed.
Just one of those films that once it was over, I wanted to watch it again.
This is car porn with three guys in a pissing contest over a girl. Totally existential.
Changing social attitudes fuel "Two Lane Blacktop" and as an accurate portrayal of shifting values the film is really quite significant. Beyond that however, I struggled to connect with much going on, and although the disconnection from the audience is obvious, I just don't think this ideal holds much beyond analytical purposes. Some nice performances are present here however, and the attitude is something to behold.