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.
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…
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…
There is nothing worse when traveling than dealing with aggressive drivers.
But when the aggressor is in a huge dirty ass fume spilling semi truck it's just down right scary!
That's what this entire film is about.
Dennis Weaver as David Mann is a traveling business man headed to an appointment in another town and in a hurry, as he simply passes a semi truck a semi driven by a complete asshole and thats when a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.
A tense filled 90 minute ride from Steven Spielberg that you won't soon forget.
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…
A fine first outing for Spielberg, and so refreshing to see him work with a tiny budget compaired to the blockbusters he's known for. Hopefully he'll return to his roots one day.
That truck is terrifying, and even if the pace isn't all it could have been, this is still nail biting tension all the way through. Much of that tension is thanks to the inventive use of the camera, some really great shots here, and Dennis Weaver being a believable victim. He got me hooked and I could easily see me shitting my self if placed in that same situation. Actually, I pictured that plight many times while watching, wich goes to show how successful this little TV film really is.
One of the most intense and blood pumping thrillers of all time. Perfectly edited, and gripping in a way that few films are.
Duel is a well paced, at times intense thriller and an impressive directorial debut from Steven Spielberg. The symbolic method of never revealing the malevolent truckers identity gives this gem a mysterious and eerie edge, along with the psychologically anxiety-filled narration from the protagonist trying to make sense of it all which in turn immerses the audience. Sometimes the leads performance feels exaggerated and the abrupt ending may put some off, but Duel is nonetheless a fine thriller that's unique and well executed.
Intense cat and mouse game between a little car and a giant, rusty, murderous tanker truck. Some of the most impressive camera work I've seen in this type of bare-basics chase movie. Such a simple concept handled so well - a true thrill ride that's been imitated for decades now. A must see for thrill seekers and lovers of this genre.
Spielberg's second feature length film is an edge of the seat relentless thriller with nods to the Master of Suspense. Every second is a masterclass in direction.
The visual language of the first 30 minutes of Spielberg's debut is so terrific and vivid, it ought to be taught in schools.
Devolves into tedium, with a terribly drab protagonist, but the framework of one of the best directors of all time is apparent.
It felt a lot more real after having driven through roads exactly like this in California just a week before I saw this. Got to see it at the Lakeline Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX.
Expertly shot and edited. Shows the level of craft that would be present just a few years later in Jaws.
An ordinary drive along a two-lane highway turns into a terrifying game of cat and mouse between businessman David Mann in his small red sedan and a mysterious driver in a huge, old, dirty 18-wheeler.
The camera moves in and out of the chase, putting us right up close to the action. The giant truck fills the screen, intimidating the hell out of Mann and the audience. Leave it to Steven Spielberg - at the time a young, hungry director with uncommon vision - to take a TV movie production schedule and budget and turn the material into a thrilling, suspenseful, cinematic chase movie.
There are some odd moments of clunky voiceover monologue and a couple of instances that may…
Obra subestimada do tio Spielberg.