A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Fear is the driving force.
Travelling businessman, David Mann, angers the driver of a rusty tanker whilst crossing the Californian desert. A simple trip turns deadly as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.
Steven Spielberg's feature film debut is a highly underrated masterpiece which presents the master director making remarkable use of his talent, creativity & passion for filmmaking to craft a mystery-thriller that remains nail-bitingly tense from start to finish and is the first entry in what would later become one of the most celebrated film careers of all time.
Initially conceived as a TV film & later turned into a full-length theatrical, Duel concerns a business commuter who is stalked & terrorized by a psychotic truck driver throughout the Californian desert highway for no specified reasons. The story is mostly narrated visually & makes minimal use of dialogues or music yet there is an eerie atmosphere it retains throughout its runtime which is brilliantly executed.…
Duel is probably the most literal example of "nightmare fuel" I have ever seen.
Despite the TV movie limitations, Steven Spielberg has managed to convey an illogical yet completely visceral thriller better than most filmmakers today. And considering that this is widely recognized as his feature debut, that's even more impressive. The masterful editing, carefully planned shots, and insane premise create an engulfing atmosphere that only gets more tense as it goes along. Not to mention, the fact we never see the truck driver adds a sense of mystery to the proceedings, therefore placing the audience in the same point of view as our protagonist.
Watching this, I got the impression that Spielberg wanted to create the perfect picture of…
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Today, we have what many would consider his first feature, "Duel". A made for TV film that actually was so impressive at it's time, it even got a small theatrical release.
Basic premise is about a man on his way for something ends up being stalked by a crazy truck driver that starts out as playfully moving in his way on the highway, to then trying to run him over. Now he has to ether outrun him or end up becoming road kill.
And that's it. Just two guys in cars driving for an hour and twenty minutes. And what makes it…
I'd like to report a truck driver who's been endangering my life.
Duel is a travelers worst nightmare.
Sure you can get caught by a murderous band of backwoods cannibals, but at least you have a chance to escape.
One of my worst nightmares is one that involves me being pursued relentlessly by an unstoppable enemy without anyone else to help. I mean nightmares in a literal sense.
I've had that nightmare before.
It was called Terminator.
But seriously, there is just something so dreadful and tense about a chase that will never end. The situation breathes urgency and wits into the characters and gives them a fight for their life that only exists in films. This is a scenario…
Steven Spielberg's directorial debut is, surprisingly, one of his best films. Based on a short story, this made for TV film actually got a limited theatrical release when it was made as well, and has recently hit blu-ray, and I must say that the transfer is stunning. Being a TV movie, the film is actually changed from its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio to the modern 1.85:1 ratio, making it look more like a natural modern television program for modern widescreen TVs. The HD quality really makes the film look even more like a natural TV movie, and I loved the "soap opera effect" that the high frame rate my TV gave off produced.
Dennis Weaver's psychologically fascinating role as David…
Road rage is taken to the psychotic extreme in Steven Spielberg's made-for-TV movie Duel from 1971. A film that, despite its 450,000 dollar budget was well made enough to eventually get a theatrical release. Dennis Weaver plays a travelling salesman, who ends up in a highway cat and mouse game with a trucker who seems intent on killing him. I saw this once on TV as a kid, but I did not remember more than the basic plot and that it captivated me at the time. I rewatched it on Blu-ray and was interested to see if the plot was really as suspenseful as I recalled or if it would just grow tedious. Duel could easily have been a terrible…
Really impressive for a feature debut, indicating much of what would later make Spielberg so beloved and recognizable.
The first forty-five minutes or so are just so technically proficient it's actually almost exhilarating. Spielberg knows just when to cut a shot, just how long to hold on an image, just how to utilize long takes, and just how to move the camera. He's just a master at manipulating emotions using sound and images. I don't know how he does it.
The movie seems to want to say something about emasculation, but I feel like its ideas weren't totally developed. Dennis Weaver's wife is angry at him at one point for not defending her honor. Throughout the story, Weaver's character is…
Released the same year as Straw Dogs, Duel helped establish 1971 as the year of the Cock of the Walk nightmare. Here, a city boy's impotency manifests itself as a highway boogeyman; an iron-and-diesel phantom out for blood in Spielberg's indelible examination of challenged masculinity and unrelenting road rage.
Starting to show it's age, but still am enjoyable flick to watch.
This was fucking boringggg.
This is absolutely one of the best Spielberg films I've ever seen. Although it is so much different from the usual Spielberg we are used to, I found it more brilliant and with a surprisingly interesting technique. Can we please come back to this, Steven?
Another film I saw quite a while ago and I remember it being excellent..... Spielberg's breakthrough picture had flawless direction and was very very thrilling and tense
Look, uh... I want you to cut it out.
A sort of mixture between Hitchcock and Mad Max. The movie is too long and becomes a little samey and repetitive, but in glimpses it touches genius; a scene where the truck is "staring" at our protagonist from the darkness of a tunnel makes it look like a nocturnal predator, the headlights becoming animalistic eyes, gazing at its prey. The voice over is off-putting at first, but becomes more and more organically fused with the narrative. Is the story about a man called David Mann on the trail to reclaiming his manhood too much, too obvious? Perhaps. But it's intense and entertaining and have the funniest (perhaps unintetional?) deflation of the otherwise most obvious setup in movie history.
Directed by Steven Spielberg
little stevie's debut is pretty fly
Movies that are slightly off.