January 29, 2013

Car windows

Comments from Chris Petit in an interview on the BFI DVD of Radio On (1979): the car windscreen, from the car interior, is like the movie screen. From top: Radio On, Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt, 2006), Two-Lane Blacktop (Monte Hellman, 1971), The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970) and Mildred Pierce (Todd Haynes, 2011). In Haynes’ cool, lavish five-part mini-series, the car is as important as it was in Polanskis Chinatown, and by sticking so closely to the original James Cain novel, Haynes is giving us another socio-cultural history of Los Angeles class, wealth and sprawl and the dark secrets that hide in the shadow of success.