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Vanishing Point


By J.D. Lafrance

Vanishing Point (1971) is one of the great existential counter-culture films of the 1970s. Like similar-minded films, most notably, Easy Rider (1969) and Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), this car chase movie features an anti-hero protagonist who equates the open road with freedom and staying in one place for too long with death. It came out at a time when the American public was feeling angry and scared at their government as a result of the assassination of important political figures. This film tapped into those feelings and channeled them through its protagonist who is at odds with The Man. For years, it has quietly amassed a devoted cult following and several high profile admirers, chief among them filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and bands like Primal Scream and Audioslave.

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