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Encyclopedia > Road film

In general, road movies are a cinematic genre in which the action takes places during a road journey or a vehicle-based film. The genre name is also taken as the title of the 1974 film Road Movie by Joseph Strick. Notable examples include Easy Rider, Wild at Heart, Natural Born Killers, Y tu mamá también, Thelma and Louise, and Rain Man. In film theory, genre refers to the primary method of (commercial) film categorization. ... Joseph Strick is an American director, producer and screenwriter. ... Wyatt, Mary (Toni Basil), Billy and Karen wandering the streets of a parade filled New Orleans. ... Wild at Heart is a 1990 American film written and directed by David Lynch and based on Barry Giffords novel Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula about a couple on the run from the mob. ... For the song, see Natural Born Killaz. ... Y tu mamá también (literally And your mother, too, but released in English-speaking markets under the original Spanish title) is a 2001 Mexican film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. ... Thelma and Louise Thelma and Louise is a road movie from 1991 conceived and written by Callie Khouri, co-produced and directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Geena Davis as Thelma, Susan Sarandon as Louise, and Harvey Keitel as a sympathetic detective trying to solve crimes that the two women... Rain Man is a 1988 film which tells the story of a selfish yuppie who discovers that his father has left all of his estate to the autistic brother he never knew he had. ...

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History

Although the genre has its roots in earlier tales of epic journeys, such as Homer's Odyssey and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, road films are uniquely post-WWII, reflecting the boom of America's postwar automobility and youth culture. Despite the fact that road movies existed in the Depression era, the genre only became self-aware as a genre in the 1960s with "Easy Rider" and "Bonnie and Clyde." (Earlier films, like "The Wild One" and "Rebel Without a Cause," focus more on mobility than the road, but they are important influences nonetheless.) For this reason, road movies offer a great pop cultural history of America's shifting relationship to the road, cars, and other technologies, especially as various rebel groups—hippies, blacks, gays and lesbians, women, Asian Americans—remap the American road story. Homer (Greek: , HómÄ“ros) was a legendary early Greek poet and aoidos (rhapsode) traditionally credited with the composition of the Iliad and the Odyssey. ... Odysseus and Nausicaä - by Charles Gleyre The Odyssey (Greek: , Odusseia) is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to the poet Homer. ... Joseph Conrad. ... Heart of Darkness is a novella by Joseph Conrad. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Wyatt, Mary (Toni Basil), Billy and Karen wandering the streets of a parade filled New Orleans. ... Bonnie and Clyde (1967) is a film about Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, bank robbers who roamed the central United States during the Great Depression. ... What are you rebelling against? What have you got? The Wild One (1953) was the very first outlaw biker film, also made memorable by the youthful Marlon Brando playing gang leader Johnny Stabler. ... Natalie Wood and James Dean in a screenshot from Rebel Without a Cause. ... Hippies (singular hippie or sometimes hippy) were members of the 1960s counterculture movement who adopted a communal or nomadic lifestyle, renounced corporate nationalism and the Vietnam War, embraced aspects of Buddhism, Hinduism, and/or Native American religious culture, and were otherwise at odds with traditional middle class Western values. ... A Masai man in Kenya Black people or blacks is a political, social or cultural classification of people. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Image of a woman on the Pioneer plaque sent to outer space. ... An Asian American is a person of Asian ancestry or origin who was born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ...


Like their antecedents, the road movie tends towards an episodic structure. In each episode, there is a challenge to be met, although not all of them will be met successfully. In most episodes, a piece of the plot is revealed - knowledge or allies are gained, and so on. Sometimes, as Heart of Darkness, this progress is inverted, and each episode represents a loss rather than a gain.


Road movies traditionally end in one of four ways:

  • having met with triumph at their ultimate destination, the protagonist/s return home, wiser for their experiences.
  • at the end of the journey, the protagonist/s find a new home at their destination.
  • the journey continues endlessly. In such cases, the last shot of the film is almost always the driver's point of view of a lonely highway at night.
  • having realised that, as a result of their journey, they can never go home, the protagonists either choose death or are killed.

Action films

Another version of this is a road-based action movie, particularly the post-apocalyptic genre of the 1980s influenced by Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior in which bands of barbarians would fight good guys in the post-apocalypse when gasoline was scarce and vehicles were makeshift. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (released in the US in 1981 as The Road Warrior) was a sequel to Mad Max. ...


References

Wyatt, Mary (Toni Basil), Billy and Karen wandering the streets of a parade filled New Orleans. ... They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) is an American alternative rock duo consisting of John Linnell and John Flansburgh that formed in 1982. ... Flood is the third studio album by They Might Be Giants, and their first with a major label, Elektra Records. ... Family Guy is an American animated television series about a nuclear family in the suburb of Quahog (IPA or ), Rhode Island. ... Road to Rhode Island is an episode from the second season of the FOX animated television series Family Guy. ... Road to Europe (originally called European Road Show) is an episode of Family Guy guest starring the members of KISS (Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, and Paul Stanley) as themselves. ...

"Road to" movies

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Road to... also refers to seven comedy films starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour. Road to. ... Bob Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), born Leslie Townes Hope, was an English-Born American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies, and in performing tours for U.S. Military personnel, well known for his good natured humor and career longevity. ... Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Dorothy Lamour (December 10, 1914 – September 22, 1996) was an American motion picture actress, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, died in Hollywood, California. ...


Filmography

Bibliography

  • Road Movies: A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library
  • The Road Story and the Rebel: Moving Through Film, Fiction, and Television by Katie Mills

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