IU CINEMA: Two-Lane Blacktop
Their world is a two-lane blacktop ... no beginning ... no end ... no speed limit! In this controversial and acclaimed story of drag-racing drifters, the drivers of a ’55 Chevy (Dennis Wilson as the mechanic, James Taylor as the driver) and Pontiac GTO (Warren Oates) battle across the back roads of America for possession of each other’s ‘pinks’ and the affections of a mysterious young hitchhiker (Laurie Bird). Monte Hellman’s counterculture cult classic is a time capsule of pre-Interstate Route 66 and compares to existentialist road movies like Vanishing Point, Easy Rider, and Electra Glide in Blue. In 2012, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Contains mature content.