Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
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.
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…
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.…
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…
Not so long ago on Twitter there was a hashtag meme going around called #verylastfilm, to which I gave the answer Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. A fine answer, it will always be one of the greatest films to my mind ever made, yet the answer I should have given was the Steven Spielberg film everybody forgets, his very first: Duel. You see it was my very first film too, well to some extent. Back in the 1980's as a young boy, my love of cinema was formed by several different kinds of films I first saw at a very young age - some were science-fiction such as Star Trek, others action such as James Bond or adventure such…
Part of Humble Beginnings
I really feel Spielberg's next film should be set at a budget of $450.000, the same amount for which he made his debut.
It is very interesting to see where a big budget, commercial director like Spielberg found his footing. With Duel he already displays his skill in allowing the camera to tell a story. Duel's strength and unavoidable weakness lie in its simplicity. Because of the simple nature of he story and the small budget, Spielberg is forced to become creative and look for clever solutions to keep his audience entertained. And at that he succeeds admirably.
He manages to make this cat and mouse game tense, making you participant of the protagonist's plight, which…
IF SOMETHING IS LABELLED FLAMMABLE ON EVERY SIDE, IT HAD BETTER BLOW UP BEFORE THE MOVIE ENDS.
“Get that fat-ass truck out of my way”
It's lucky that I saw Spielberg's Duel almost a year after I got my drivers license, because if I would've watched this haunting car chase anywhere before that I would probably never dare to drive a car again. If Jaws did make people afraid to go swimming again, this movie does the same thing with driving cars.
Dennis Weaver is stuck with a pretty anonymous main character, but what he manages to do with that is still great. It's a shame he's got to deal with stale lines of exposition that gets ridiculously evoking, because Duel works best with as little dialogue as possible. The completely anonymous threat and not much of…
Duel not only has the distinction of being the first theatrically-released feature-length film by Steven Spielberg, but also the first film I ever rented through Netflix back when all we had was the OG DVD plug and I was first starting to get heavy into movies. In 2008, I loved Duel, but the years haven't been so kind to it. It's still a decent bottle thriller with sharp and economical execution on the part of Spielberg, but Dennis Weaver and his voice-over narration don't do a whole lot to sell the scenario. There's also this weird thematic undercurrent involving emasculation that really doesn't have much of a place in such an efficient, small-stakes thriller. It's promptly abandoned, but still manages to drag the film down a notch or two.
Raw early Steven Spielberg. One can see the director's early talent for building suspense and getting engaging performances out of actors here. The film feels very much like a test run for something like Jaws, as an everyman is hunted down by a beast outside of his realm of understanding. Yet, even with a TV movie budget, Spielberg was able to make a competent, if occasionally slow and plodding effort that served as a great calling card for his style.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Its hard to think Steven Spielberg was around directing movies as far back as 1971, dunno why, just is. Anyway this movie was originally a TV movie (only recently found out), a rather short TV movie naturally. But after this feature found much success on TV Spielberg was given more money to film more scenes for a longer cinematic cut. This alone shows the quality of Spielberg's work because you'd never guess there was extra filmed footage, it all blends so seamlessly.
The plot is based of a short story of the same name by Richard Matheson. It involves a middle aged man (David Mann) who is travelling on a business trip in California, although we never really find out…
Still holds up very well in part to Richard Matheson's white knuckle script/story and masterful direction from a young Steven Spielberg.
this is what a debut feature should be
streamlined (but captivating) storytelling that showcase masterful technique
side note: the editing is really excellent
- tema: a ilusão de segurança dentro da sociedade moderna;
- um uso inteligente do design de som desde o princípio do filme;
- eficiente montagem na primeira perseguição, que alternando o tamanho e o eixo dos planos, contribui para o aumento da tensão;
- o protagonista é um homem ordinário, beirando ao patético, desajeitado, com roupas suadas;
- o uso de voz over não funciona;
- a primeira cena da garçonete no restaurante é mal executada, impedindo a surpresa prevista;
- alguns momentos bem elaborados: o caminhão surgindo no fim do túnel, quase como um animal selvagem; o ataque ao posto de gasolina, a confusão com o carro policial;
- a trilha sonora, apesar de um interessante (e perturbador)…