Monte Hellman is the filmmaker’s filmmaker. An indie outsider with a loose, lyrical approach to storytelling and a love for improvisation. His most famous film is the almost nihilistically stripped down roadmovie Two-Lane Blacktop, about two men simply known as ‘the driver’ and ‘the mechanic’ that haul ass from one hot rod racing challenge to the next. A beautiful piece of Americana rarely seen on the big screen. Don’t miss out.
A driver and a mechanic travel around the United States hopping from drag strip to drag strip in a 1955 Chevy Bel-Air coupe. They race for money, betting with their competitors. The pair gains a young and talkative female stowaway. Along the way they unintentionally attract a well-to-do drifter driving a new Pontiac GTO. This older man, looking for attention, antagonizes their efforts.