Film Series July 1-3: ‘Two Lane Blacktop’

| June 30, 2011
Two Lane Blacktop

This weekend the Webster University Film Series presents Monte Hellman’s Two Lane Blacktop.

The famous, revered 1971 U.S. film revolves around a cross-country drag race, and features the only acting roles of singer/songwriter James Taylor and the Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson.

Screenings: July 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Winifred Moore Auditorium

TWO LANE BLACKTOP (Monte Hellman, 1971, USA, 102 min)

Drag racing east from L.A. in a souped-up ‘55 Chevy are the wayward Driver and Mechanic (singer/songwriter James Taylor and the Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson, in their only acting roles), accompanied by a tag-along Girl (Laurie Bird). Along the way, they meet Warren Oates’ Pontiac GTO – driving wanderer and challenge him to a cross-country race — the prize: their cars’ pink slips.

Yet no summary can do justice to the existential punch of Two Lane Blacktop. Maverick director Monte Hellman’s stripped-down narrative, gorgeous wide screen compositions, and sophisticated look at American male obsession make this one of the artistic high points of ’70s cinema, and possibly the greatest road movie ever made.



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Admission is $6 for the general public, $5 for seniors, students from other schools and Webster alumni, and $4 for Webster University staff and faculty unless otherwise noted. All films screened in Moore Auditorium on the campus of Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, Mo., unless noted.

The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.


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