Dir: Monte Hellman
DoP: Jack Deerson
This entry was posted on June 29, 2010 by DonnachaC. It was filed under 1971, Jack Deerson, Monte Hellman and was tagged with 70's, Cars, Dennis Wilson, James Taylor, Races, Service Station, Warren Oates.
I really wanted to take a look at Two Lane Blacktop as an example of a film made with very limited resources.
I think the film is a real testament to Hellman’s ability to keep very familiar scenery interesting. When you consider about 3/4′s of the movie is based in cars and the rest at rest stops, service stations etc. its amazing that the film doesn’t get crazily monotonous.
Take a look at shot 22 -27 its all shot in and around the service station but the frame is always interesting without being cluttered. I especially love how the supports split up the frames.
There is a really amazing textural quality to the film, and I would use this as exhibit A in the trial of Film Vs Digital.
June 30, 2010 at 11:50 am
Ahh, where would cinema be without Monte Hellman?! Quite unfortunate, cinema’s ignorance of him; there are very few American filmmakers as distinctive and beautiful.
Also, I like that there’s people out there creating blogs such as these. I also started a blog with the same plan (altlikeness). However, I have to admit your design of displaying images kicks my ass.
July 4, 2010 at 7:52 am
Monte (i call him that cus were tight like that) has a new movie coming out at some point this year hopefully, I really cant wait to see it, hopefully he hasn’t lost that something special he has.
I would really like to cover the Shooting and Cockfight, but the DVD’s aren’t the best quality so I dont know if the stills would be either.
I like your blog, I didnt realise how much parralel thought was out there, I guess it really goes to show that if you have an idea you better act on it before someone else has the same idea and does. I dont think I would have started this blog if I had waited even a week!
July 5, 2010 at 10:01 am
That was very informative article!!!
November 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm
May be this blogs best piece of writing around!!
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