Author: John Orr
Title: Disenchantments of the Road: The Car in Contemporary Cinema.
This paper looks at the growing disenchantment with car culture in the contemporary cinema by charting the decline of the romantic road movie and the rise of a more acerbic vision of the dangers of the highway and the futility of travel. It examines the cinematic questioning of chance and accident, especially in the films of Krzysztof Kieslowski, and at the relationship of film speed to mechanical motion. Finally, it charts the subversive gloss in 1990s American film noir on the tragicomic fusion of aimless crime and aimless travel.