Capital Celluloid 2020 – Day 2: Thu Jan 2

Duel (Spielberg, 1971): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.15pm

This 35mm presentation is part of the ‘American New Wave’ season at the Prince Charles Cinema. You can find the full details here.

Time Out review:
Steven Spielberg's first film, superbly scripted by Richard Matheson, made for TV but booking its own place on the big screen: an absolute cracker about a salesman driving along the highway who gradually realises that the huge petrol tanker playfully snapping at his heels - apparently driverless - has more sinister designs. There are no explanations and no motivations, except perhaps for a hint of allegory in the script (the motorist's name is Mann) and an intriguing visual suggestion that this is the old, old battle between the shining, prancing, vulnerable knight and the impervious, lumbering dragon. Simply a rivetingly murderous game of cat and mouse that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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