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The Finish Line: The Film Catches Fire

Sylvia Townsend

in Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496804143
eISBN:
9781496820891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Two-Lane Blacktop becomes a cult classic, honoured with inclusion in the National Film Registry and released by the prestigious Criterion Collection. This chapter features interviews with some ... More


A Restoration

Sylvia Townsend

in Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496804143
eISBN:
9781496820891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter tells how Two-Lane Blacktop gained recognition years after its release.Warren Oates and two other lead actors die, giving the film an aura of poignancy—Laurie Bird from a drug overdose ... More


Starting Line

Sylvia Townsend

in Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496804143
eISBN:
9781496820891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, which details pre-production, the eccentric, socialite producer Michael Laughlin, married to movie star Leslie Caron, hires cerebral hippy director Monte Hellman to make Two-Lane ... More


Picking up Speed

Sylvia Townsend

in Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496804143
eISBN:
9781496820891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, Monte Hellman goes to Seattle for a retrospective of his films, mounted by Scarecrow Video. The store draws up a petition, ultimately with more than 2,000 signatures, to request ... More


Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Sylvia Townsend

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496804143
eISBN:
9781496820891
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In meticulous detail, the book describes the filming, release, and influence of the 1971 film Two-Lane Blacktop. In 1970 the urbane producer Michael Laughlin asked the hippy filmmaker Monte Hellman ... More


The Wreck

Sylvia Townsend

in Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496804143
eISBN:
9781496820891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter, about Two-Lane Blacktop’s post-production and release, relates how Monte Hellman cut together a European-style, slow-paced film. Esquire magazine had put the movie on its cover, calling ... More


Stalled

Sylvia Townsend

in Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496804143
eISBN:
9781496820891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter relates how CBS Cinema Center Films agreed to make Two-Lane Blacktop and Monte Hellman chose cinematographer Gregory Sandor to shoot the film using wide-screen Techniscope. Over the ... More


A Jump Start

Sylvia Townsend

in Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496804143
eISBN:
9781496820891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter details the finding of a home for the film, and describes contracts signed and last-minute preparations. Universal Studios had set up a youth unit to attract younger audiences, and the ... More


On the Road

Sylvia Townsend

in Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496804143
eISBN:
9781496820891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, the filmmakers start shooting in Los Angeles, then take to the road, stopping in Needles, California; Flagstaff, Arizona; and Santa Fe, New Mexico, often travelling on smaller ... More


Potholes

Sylvia Townsend

in Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496804143
eISBN:
9781496820891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The film company finishes shooting the picture in this chapter.In Boswell, Oklahoma they use up the town’s water supply and two locals with a shotgun in a pickup truck run them out of town. The ... More


The Fast Lane: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ’n’ Roll Stars

Sylvia Townsend

in Bumpy Road: The Making, Flop, and Revival of Two-Lane Blacktop

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781496804143
eISBN:
9781496820891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496804143.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, the film company arrives in Tucumcari, New Mexico to shoot the gas station scene where the race is set up – a tour de force of cinematography. Jaclyn Hellman blows up at her husband, ... More


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