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In Tribute to Monte Hellman! Internet Exclusive!

We were saddened to hear about the death of Monte Hellman this week. We look forward to memorializing this singular American filmmaking voice with in-person screenings at some point very soon but, in the meantime, we are pleased to be able to offer these exclusive online screenings of one of Hellman's signature films – TWO-LANE BLACKTOP – which is currently unavailable on any streaming services.

Drag racing east from Los Angeles in a souped-up ’55 Chevy are the wayward Driver and Mechanic (singer-songwriter James Taylor and the Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson, in their only acting roles), accompanied by a tagalong Girl (Laurie Bird). Along the way, they meet Warren Oates’s Pontiac GTO–driving wanderer and challenge him to a cross-country race. The prize: their cars’ pink slips. But no summary can do justice to the existential punch of TWO-LANE BLACKTOP. With its gorgeous widescreen compositions and sophisticated look at American male obsession, this stripped-down narrative from maverick director Monte Hellman is one of the artistic high points of 1970s cinema, and possibly the greatest road movie ever made. – The Criterion Collection

  • Year
  • Runtime
    102 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    The Brattle Selects
  • Director
    Monte Hellman
  • Cast
    James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird