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Favorite Films Series Presents 'Two-Lane Blacktop'

Colby-Sawyer College opens its Favorite Films Series with a free screening and discussion of “Two-Lane Blacktop” on Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in Wheeler Hall at the Ware Student Center. The R-rated film runs 101 minutes.

Acclaimed as one of the greatest American road movies ever made, the 1971 drama stars singer-songwriter James Taylor and the Beach Boys' Dennis Wilson as car enthusiasts on a cross-country race for pink slips. “'Two-Lane Blacktop' is dark, stark, mean, and meditative, a cult film that can be enjoyed on a number of levels. It's also really weird,” explains event host, discussion leader and Assistant Professor of Humanities Mike Jauchen. “It's a movie that takes a well-worn genre, the road film, and turns it on its head, looking at the open road not only as a metaphor for freedom, but also as a potential prison. It's beautiful and quiet and elusive, and each time I watch it, I find new things to love about it. I think the audience will, too.”

Featuring experts from Colby-Sawyer and their favorite cinematic masterworks, the Favorite Films Series will continue with the 1973 sci-fi/horror “Videodrome” on Monday, Oct. 6, and the 1937 World War I drama “The Grand Illusion” on Monday, Nov. 3.

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