From the earliest days of American cinema, the road movie has been synonymous with American culture and the image America has presented to the world. In its most basic form, the charting of a journey by an individual or group as they seek out some form of adventure, redemption or escape, is a sub-genre that ranks amongst American cinema’s most enduring gifts to contemporary film culture.
The season opens with Joseph Strick’s Road Movie and includes Aki Kaurismäki’s Leningrad Cowboys Go America; Richard Sarafian’s Vanishing Point and a selection of Wenders films. Also screening in the season is ROAD, an immersive non-linear screenwork which uses first person footage of a roadtrip across the American south west filmed on a handheld GH4 camera and sets this within a data-driven composed soundscape. Film by Driftwood. Music by Kevin Matthews.
In this season
Road Movies Brochure
Learn more about the films featured in our Road Movies season by reading our accompanying brochure.
A Hard Road To Travel…
Joseph Strick's undersung trucker tale Road Movie recently appeared on our screens, kick starting our Road Movies season. To celebrate, we look how the film…
Returning To Oz…
With The Wizard of Oz returning to screens as part of our Road Movies season, we take a look at the enduring appeal of this…
The Last Detail: A (Blue) Whale of a Time
HOME's Tom Hughes looks at Jack Nicholson's turn in Hal Ashby's The Last Detail, screening as part of our Road Movies season...
Leningrad Cowboys Conquer America
Manchester Metropolitan University's Robert Hamilton inspects Kaurismaki's Leningrad Cowboys Go America...
Wim Wenders’ Road Trilogy
HOME's Visiting Curator of Film Andy Willis discusses his picks for A Voyage With Wim, a triple bill of films from Wim Wenders showing as…
Candy Mountain, Robert Frank and Rudy Wurlitzer
Our Artistic Director of Film, Jason Wood, delves deep into Candy Mountain, screening as part of our Road Movies season.
Chasing Oblivion – Richard C. Sarafian’s Vanishing Point
Vanishing Point returns to our screens as part of our Road Movies season. Before then, Curzon's James King looks back at the film...
The Internal Landscape of Melancholy: Are We All In The Mist?
HOME's Ally Davies discusses Landcape in the Mist, screening as part of our Road Movies season...
Previously in this season
Two long-haul truckers encounter highway hooker Janice who decides she’s had just about enough of men.
Triple Bill/ A Voyage with Wim
Wim Wenders is synonymous with the road movie. One of the first of the New German cinema movement to achieve international recognition, the director forged…
The Last Detail
Hal Ashby’s follow-up to 1971’s Harold and Maude is a similarly anti-authoritarian fable.
The Motorcycle Diaries
Based on the journals of both Alberto Granado and Ernesto Guevara (The Motorcycle Diaries), Brazilian director Walter Salles follows a journey of self-discovery and traces…
A co-production that begins in New York before meandering cross country and concluding in Canada, Candy Mountain tracks the personal odyssey of ambitious but untalented…
Landscape in the Mist
The final film in Angelopoulos’ Trilogy of Silence, Landscape in the Mist continued the Greek director’s attempts to capture the human toll of the tragic…
A vintage road movie that’s considered one of the masterpieces of the genre, Vanishing Point is a symbolically charged work that bridges the gap between…
Leningrad Cowboys Go America
This hilarious road movie from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki follows the misadventures of the worst rock and roll band in the world, the Leningrad Cowboys.
Leningrad Cowboys Go America + Intro
This screening will be introduced by Robert Hamilton, Senior Lecturer, Film and Media Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University.