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Closer Looks: Two-Lane Blacktop

September 14, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

(USA, 1971) | Sept. 14, 2023 | Selected by David N. Meyer

“The joys of the Road Movie are the joys of the road; the point’s not the getting there but the going. This poetic hotrod masterpiece is a touchstone of American cinema celebrating the romance of the American road. Singer/songwriter James Taylor and Dennis Wilson, madman drummer of The Beach Boys, are wandering outlaw drag racers. Instead of shootouts, they street race for cash. Warren Oates appears, driving a bitchin’ GTO, and races Taylor and Wilson cross-country. It’s like a European art film about a subject no European can understand, starring archetypal Americans. The roaring drag races, profound silences and brilliant cinematography form only a fraction of the film’s enduring, spellbinding power. And TWO-LANE BLACKTOP ends like no other movie in cinema history…no other movie.”

– David N. Meyer

This evening’s program will include an introductory lecture by David Meyer, a screening of Two-Lane Blacktop, and an audience discussion led by David Meyer, Justin Rhody, and Paul Barnes.

Closer Looks is an in-depth cinema series curated by the award-winning filmmaker and editor Paul Barnes, film critic and writer David N. Meyer, and founder/programmer of local microcinema No Name Cinema, Justin Clifford Rhody. The series showcases a broad range of eras, regions, and subjects, all unified by their integral contribution to the history of cinema as an art form. Each film screening is followed by an in-depth overview and audience conversation by the presenters to contextualize and explore the importance of the evening’s film.

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