As the holidays loom, we immerse ourselves in these 8 cult road movies, promises of escape and adventure.
“At the time, we were behind everything that was happening when the country was in turmoil, so far behind what had been done by pop art, new literature, not to mention music. (…) And when I felt that I could push a corner, that a door was opening, I rushed into it” recount Dennis Hopper aboutEasy Riderone if not the most emblematic film of the genre, in Road Movie, USAof Jean-Baptiste Thoret and Bernard Benoliel (Hoebeke editions). The road movie is almost inseparable from American cinema and its territory, its wide endless highways, its torrid deserts and its marginal populations. Whether it embodies flight or freedom, abandonment, transgression or a certain humanism, the genre is a reflection of Man as well as of the landscape he crosses and offers as many memorable settings as deep reflections on life. human being and his aspirations. Here are eight classics of the genre, American but not only, to review before going on a road trip this summer.
Easy Rider by Dennis Hopper, 1969
The film is a marker of the American road movie of the 1970s, which paved the way for an entire generation. When wyatt and Billy decide to leave Los Angeles with their pockets full to reach New Orleans on a motorcycle, they begin a journey through the United States which has remained legendary, where we come across the best and the worst, from the hippie dream to the conservatism and racism of America deep.
Pierrot le fou by Jean-Luc Godard, 1965
France also had its share of road movies, and Pierrot le fou is one of its precursors. The duo Jeans–Paul Belmondo / Anna Karinastamped Nouvelle Vague, remained legendary in this film where Ferdinand Griffina man who has just lost his job, decides to dump his wife and children to go on an adventure with Marianne Renoirsoon pursued by a gang of gangsters.