If You Liked Easy Rider, What about Two Lane Blacktop?

The truth is that not many people have ever heard about the 1971 film “Two Lane Blacktop”. It got very little play when it came out, and basically sunk like a stone in the pond afterwards.

And there is a reason. It is not a conventional film that tells a story the way we are used to experience. Instead, Two Lane Blacktop gives you a series of glimpses into a story, and leaves you to fill in the blanks. So to watch the film, you focus on its “feel” rather than its “meaning” or “message”.

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That was a “thing”back then. And it has its own type of charm. Here is a review.

Here are 2 European films in this genre that I enjoyed

The narrative concerns a group of upper middle class people attempting—despite continual interruptions—to dine together.

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  • Fellini’s (1953)

it stars Marcello Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi, a famous Italian film director who suffers from stifled creativity as he attempts to direct an epic science fiction film.

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Why do I like these films? They challenge us to take our view of story and meaning a bit less seriously. They are, in my view, light hearted, in a way that we need these days. How+ They help us take ourselves a bit less seriously.


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