Film review: Two-Lane Blacktop

By David Larsen In Film

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28th February, 2013
‘They’re not for you. All they think about is cars.” Actually, the nameless pair of road-hounds under discussion here also think about sex, which is why they’ve picked up a nameless female hitchhiker, which is why a nameless rival driver is (metaphorically, at this stage) running them down. He’d like her to switch vehicles. Everyone in Monte Hellman’s Two-Lane Blacktop is nameless, pointedly and emblematically so; and in fact I’ve just mentioned all the characters who have more than a single scene. The film, which the Film Society is screening in most of the major ...

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