Driving Visions: Exploring the Road Movie

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Juli 2002



From the visionary rebellion of Easy Rider to the reinvention of home in The Straight Story, the road movie has emerged as a significant film genre since the late 1960s, able to cut across a wide variety of film styles and contexts. Yet, within the variety, a certain generic core remains constant: the journey as cultural critique, as exploration beyond society and within oneself. This book traces the generic evolution of the road movie with respect to its diverse presentations, emphasizing it as an "independent genre" that attempts to incorporate marginality and subversion on many levels. David Laderman begins by identifying the road movie's defining features and by establishing the literary, classical Hollywood, and 1950s highway culture antecedents that formatively influenced it. He then traces the historical and aesthetic evolution of the road movie decade by decade through detailed and lively discussions of key films. Laderman concludes with a look at the European road movie, from the late 1950s auteurs through Godard and Wenders, and at compelling feminist road movies of the 1980s and 1990s.


Acknowledgements; Paving the Way: Sources and Features of the Road Movie; Blazing the Trail: Visionary Rebellion and the Late-1960s Road Movie; Drifting on Empty: Existential Irony and the Early-1970s Road Movie; Blurring the Boundaries: The 1980s Postmodern Road Movie; Rebuilding the Engine: The 1990s Multicultural Road Movie; Traveling Other Highways: The European Road Movie; Bibliography; The films discussed in this book include: Hollywood precursors; I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang; The Grapes of Wrath; Detour; The 1960s; The Wild One; The Wild Angels; Bonnie and Clyde; Easy Rider; The 1970s; The Rain People; Five Easy Pieces; Two-Lane Blacktop; Vanishing Point; Badlands; Boxcar Bertha; The Sugarland Express; The 1980s; The Road Warrior; Repo Man; Paris, Texas; Stranger than Paradise; Drugstore Cowboy; Raising Arizona; Wild at Heart; The 1990s; Delusion; Thelma and Louise; Natural Born Killers; My Own Private Idaho; The Living End; Get on the Bus; Smoke Signals; Follow Me Home; The Straight Story; The European road movie; La Strada; Wild Strawberries; Weekend; Kings of the Road; Vagabond; Bandits


"This is a superbly conceived, thoughtfully organised, and well-written study of a subject--the 'road movie'--that has lacked anything close to a coherent, book-length overview... It will make an ideal course text and should also have a wide appeal to non-academic readers." Scott Simmon, author of The Films of D. W. Griffith and King Vidor, American
EAN: 9780292747326
ISBN: 0292747322
Untertitel: Rev. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juli 2002
Seitenanzahl: 334 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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