Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Vanishing Point (1971)
Directed by Richard C. Sarafian.
Starring Barry Newman and Cleavon Little.
Not just for gearheads, Vanishing Point is one of those great thematic "death of the 60's" films which pits a final sub-culture hero against the law, driving himself and the rest of his generation into oblivion.
For a film based solely on a massive single car chase, this is surprisingly low-key and atmospheric. Be sure to watch the longer UK version (included on the recent DVD and Blu Ray discs) which adds a vital, melancholic scene which makes the ending much more understandable than the pure action U.S. version.
Makes for a great double-header with "Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry" which is also available in a nice edition from Anchor Bay.