Monday, March 26, 2012

Two-Lane Blacktop: Take One

Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop (1971) is a little gem of a film. It follows on-the-road street racers and dharma bum philosophes along Route 66, going West-to-East. Eclectic ambient music -- not anything like a contemporary, blaring soundtrack -- adds subtly to the feel of the story, getting at the spirit of the times. 

Offbeat cast includes Harry Dean Stanton (as H. D. Stanton), Warren Oates, James "Fire and Rain" Taylor, Dennis "Sound of Free" Wilson and Laurie Bird.

Today's Rune: Growth.


Charles Gramlich said...

Always liked Harry Dean Stanton. Have you seen the movie "Drive, yet? From a book written by a friend of mine.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Love this movie. Love Monte Hellman.