April 12, 2012: Trafic (Jacques Tati, 1971), digital
Jacques Tati's lovably bumbling Monsieur Hulot takes to Europe's interconnectinghighways, byways, and labyrinthine metropolitan streets in Trafic (1971). For this final outing as Hulot, Tati cast himself as an automotive designer whose latest vehicle, a futuristic van, must reach an auto-show in Amsterdam. But the road to progress proves paved with many a modernist pitfall, generating disorienting gags that shine alternative lights upon auto-technology.
February 9, 2012: Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, 1971), 35mm
James Taylor is The Driver. Warren Oats is GTO. Laurie Bird is The Girl. Dennis Wilson is The Mechanic.
May 3, 2012: Used Cars (Robert Zemeckis, 1980), 35mm
Kurt Russell stars as Rudy Russo, used car salesman and aspiring politician in Robert Zemeckis’ satire of the American Dream, “Used Cars.” All the familiar clichés of Rudy’s profession – including false advertising, vehicular tampering, and high pressure sales – are featured in a film that deconstructs the profit motive, shining a cutting comedic light on the automobile as pure commodity.
January 9: Armored Car Robbery (Richard Fleischer, 1950), digital
Armored Car Robbery
March 7, 2012: American Graffiti (George Lucas, 1973), 35mm
Four high school graduates spend the last night of the summer in 1962 cruising the strip and having every adventure possible before dawn when they will each have to decide what they will do.
June 7, 2012: Crash (David Cronenberg, 1996), 35mm
James Spader plays the bored film director James Ballard who explores the fetishistic underworld of sex-obsessed car crash enthusiasts after experiencing a near-fatal accident himself. Based on the controversial novel by J. G. Ballard, David Cronenberg's adaptation shocked critics and audiences alike with its explicit depiction of the Ballard's provocative coupling of sex, death, and machines and garnered the 1996 Cannes Film Festival's Special Jury Prize for "originality, daring, and audacity."