Don'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.
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…
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 man gets chased by a big truck. That's it. And it's absolutely stunning. Probably my second favourite Spielberg film, alongside Saving Private Ryan.
One question: was Chuck Norris driving that truck or something?
Made for TV but proved Steven Spielberg has got what it takes in the future for either Sharks or dinosaurs.
This has got to be one of the best suspense films I have ever seen and some of the camera work is stunning.
Dennis Weaver does a great job of playing a light hearted man who becomes completely broken by the end.
How can you tell this was made for TV?
The truck didn't blow up.
Who was driving the truck?
I reckon it was The Stig (before Top Gear). Hence why we never saw his face in the show.
A fantastic roller coaster ride of a film that never tires.
''Great. I'm never gonna make it to that appointment now!''
Duel, staring Dennis Weaver, a truck & Steven Spielberg's reflection in the phone booth.
On yet another revisit, I discover (unsurprisingly) that 'Duel' is still fucking awesome! Spielberg's simplistic masterclass of suspense is still eerily effective in its approach. These are a couple of things I took note of during this watch:
- The surrounding mountains almost seems like the stands/crowds of a stadium and the road on which the ''Duel'' is taking place is center stage.
- I think this may have been a missed opportunity for Spielberg, there was a definite trilogy here. Could you imagine how great 'Duel 2: The Long Way Home' & 'Duel 3: The Explanation' would have been? This Spielberg could have been big if that came to fruition.
In conclusion, 'Duel' is sheer badassery
The 1971 TV movie Duel further proves my theory that Spielberg works best on a visceral level. His later more thematically complex films may tackle issues of much more worldly peril, but to me the simplicity of this film and for example Jaws are far more enthralling than say Schindler's List. On a technical level it is no surprise to say that it is hard to fault and in all honesty it is not visibly a TV movie. This could very well have been released in cinemas as it is a marvel on all fronts and an exhilarating 90 minutes.
Steven Spielberg is easily among my favourite directors and while in the past two decade he has received high amounts…
Simple, tense and beautifully executed. I wish you still made films like this, Spielberg.
Wringing every potential drop of tension from an idea, slight injections of humour, incredibly creative shots; It may be slightly rough around the edges, but Duel is vintage Spielberg. The locations and music are reminiscent of Psycho of all things.
I was quite curious to see Duel, Duel is better known for being Spielberg's debut has a director in a small budgeted TV-Movie from 1971, by the oh my god 71 was already 43 years ago. But Duel has a reputation of it's own being held as a great debut and you can find Duel in many of Spielberg's Top Ten and even Five lists. And it was in the hope of finding another great movie from Spielberg that i emerged into Duel.
Duel is Directed by Steven Spielberg and it stars Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott and Eddie Firestone.
"David Mann is feeling emasculated in his life, especially after a fight with his wife the evening before. While driving to…
Some pacing issues and forced interior monologues can't stop this beast. Dennis Weaver's emasculation anxiety knows no bounds. His hell-ride down the California desert highway is one for the books. The fact that Spielballs pulled this off when he was 24 is frankly insulting.
Didn't knows this, from IMDb:
The dinosaur roar sound effect that is heard as the truck goes over the cliff is also heard in 'Jaws', as the shark's carcass sinks into the ocean. Spielberg has said that this is because he feels there is a "kinship" between 'Duel' and 'Jaws', as they are both "about these leviathans targeting everyman."
Ese nivel de abstracción, esa economía narrativa, esas resonancias míticas... Spielberg, déjate de tonterías y vuelve a tus orígenes!!!
Las carreteras del Sur de los Estados Unidos serán el mudo testigo de un particular rito tan ancestral como el hombre: El Pique entre Conductores. Spielberg realiza un simple pero a la vez emocionante telefilme que por arte de birlibirloque acabó en los cines de medio mundo, dando a conocer al futuro Rey Midas de Hollywood.
La trama de la película basada en un relato de Richard Matheson y los recursos visuales de los que hace gala el director, crean un pequeño gran clásico que adelanta parte de lo que será el smash -hit Tiburón... Cambia el trailer por un escualo de enormes proporciones y… ¡ta-chaaaaan!... Simplismos a parte, la calidad y buen gusto que emana el film encandiló al público en general y a cineastas del calibre de Sergio Leone, que siempre la consideró el mejor trabajo de Spielberg.
Psicópatas y coches, es el tipo de películas que no quiero ver.
It's a pedestrian 'NBC Movie of the Week'. Though Spielberg would fulfil his potential four years later.
Duel, a grippingly pared down chase, is the reason why Steven Spielberg was the ideal choice for a film like Jaws. It's truly his first monster film, the gritty forerunner to the T Rex in the side view. Who is our villain here? A truck. Not even the guy inside the truck. We never see him. Even when we, and our equally minimal protagonist Dennis Weaver, think we have, we're brought right back to square one: No idea. Brilliant.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game