YouTube: Cars in Cinema


Cruising along the high way at streaming video channels
 
Most film directors love cars, because film is movement and because cars could be a mirror of your personality.


In the history of cinema there are many high lights of automobiles used as prop or as narrative element.
Here are just a few of my personal favorites, taken from the sixties and seventies.
 
1. Krtek a Auticko (Zdenek Miler, 1963)
English title: The mole and the Car.
An animationfilm for children, made by Zdenek Miler at the Kratky Studio in Prague. In Germany many generations grew up with these animationfilms, which were shown on television in “Die Sendung mit der Maus”.
URL: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kawuwqx10-Y.
 
2. Trafic (Jacques Tati, 1971)
“In this 1971 French farce Jaques Tati takes on the auto, society, and consumerism. The film's plot involves delivery of a special 'camping car' to an auto show in Amsterdam, an ill fated trip. This scene is a rather absurd and slapstick traffic accident.”
URL: www.youtube.com/watch?v=trcoAgpg6hA&feature=fvw.
 
3. Week End (Jean Luc Godard, 1967)
“A sequence from Jean-Luc Godard's "Weekend" (1967), one of the most virulent attack on bourgeois values and in this sequence a stunning attack on the role of cars in post modern societies.”
URL: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ScGLdfqdYo
 
4. Duel (Steven Spielberg, 1971)
Watch the complete film on line, and you will never drive at ease on the highway...
URL: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5370479393460637420#
 
5. L’Ingorgo. Una Storia Impossibile (Luigi Comencini, 1979).
English title: Traffic Jam.
“ A tremendous congestion hit the Roma highway ring. The biggest traffic jam ever seen endures for more than 36 hours. People blocked in their cars react at the beginning normally. But the more the time advance the more we are witness of personal dramas, hysteric reactions and more. All the episodes are linked like one only plot. Cars and their hosts are a microcosm of stories part of a major universe: the congestion.”
The available sequenses are Italian spoken, not subtitled, but you will get the idea anyway.
To be compared with: the traffic jam in ROMA (F. Fellini, 1972) and the opening sequence of OTTO E MEZZO (1963). And the latter is to be compared with the opening sequence of FALLING DOWN (1993) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSkE5HtBRe0.
See also:  VENREDI SOIR (Claire Denis, 2002).