Egyptian Theatre
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Wed, Jan 7, 2015 - Sat, Jan 31, 2015
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HIT THE GAS! THE GOLDEN AGE OF CAR CHASES

The movies came of age around the same time as the automobile; there have been car chases since the silent era. But there was something special about the 1970s, when the high-speed pursuit was elevated to an art form. Cameras were more mobile than ever before (without the artificiality of CGI), and the era’s disillusionment with authority gave rise to antiheroes who didn’t give a damn about traffic signs. Gene Hackman’s white-knuckle ride through the streets of New York was the centerpiece of Oscar winner THE FRENCH CONNECTION, and the race to match its thrills put a whole fleet of reckless drivers on the road.

Was there ever a more dangerous driver than James Bond? The car stunts in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN still keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Barry Newman is right behind 007; VANISHING POINT is justifiably famous for its chase sequences, but the actor is equally fast and furious in the little-seen FEAR IS THE KEY. Ryan O’Neal (THE DRIVER) speeds like a bat out of hell, and in GONE IN 60 SECONDS and SPEEDTRAP, H.B. Halicki and Joe Don Baker put the pedal to the metal and leave a string of wrecks in their wake. You never see the bad drivers in DUEL and THE CAR - which adds immeasurably to the tension in those thrillers. And HIGH CRIME and THE FAMILY serve as proof that Italian connections are just as unsafe at the wheel as French ones.

A worthy successor to these ’70s speed demons is Lou Bloom, Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in NIGHTCRAWLER. Racing through the midnight streets of Los Angeles to beat the cops and ambulances to crime and accident scenes, the amoral freelance videographer cuts corners so relentlessly that it’s just a matter of time before he becomes a traffic statistic himself.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Egyptian TheatreWed, Jan 7, 2015 - Sat, Jan 31, 2015
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Writer-Director Dan Gilroy & Editor John Gilroy In Person!
Wed, Jan 7, 2015 - 7:30pm
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Thu, Jan 22, 2015 - 7:30pm
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Fri, Jan 23, 2015 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Jan 24, 2015 - 7:30pm
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Actor Paul Koslo In Person!
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 - 7:30pm
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Fri, Jan 30, 2015 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Jan 31, 2015 - 7:30pm
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