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Saturday, July 2, 2011

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Cars that make the movie 

Clint Eastwood took the perfect car for a ride in "Gran Torino" (2008) - he captured a city (the motor city, that would be Detroit) on the edge of its love affair with the auto industry, defining itself as a city struggling for a new identity and showed the skilled laborer as a tough, insulate, ready guy of the line willing to open up to a new phase of understanding. The use of the Torino is a classic displacement of the glamor and adoration of old world craftsmanship mixed with automated assembly. Eastwood told his story with words everyone can understand. This is mine, I like things the way they are and I have a very cool car. 

What other films use a car to symbolize the identity of the hero and his time period? 


Anonymous said...

how about Bullet?

film_maven said...

I agree! Bullet and its action hero the coolest guy ever, Steve McQueen - captures the era and intensity by driving a mustang...or was he just having fun?

film_maven said...

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Artman2112 said...

agree 100% about Bullit! conversely the black 68 Dodge Charger that the bad guys drove in that film is also used symbolically cuz that is one mean looking set of wheels!

also the white Dodge Challenger that Barry Newman drives in Vanishing Point. that entire film is a time capsule of its era and so is that car.

btw i loved Gran Torino, great movie!

Mrs. E said...

I have awarded you with the Liebster Award. :)

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