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End Of The Road

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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End Of The Road (DVD)

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Product Details

  • Directors: Aram Avakian
  • Writers: Aram Avakian, Terry Southern, Dennis McGuire
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SH63AQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,013 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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After working on Easy Rider, Terry Southern began collaborating with Aram Avakian on an intense adaptation of John Barth's debut novel. Shot in the summer and fall of 1968, when America was reeling from assasinations, the quagmire of Vietnam, rioting and ideological meltdown, the resulting film transforms Barth's existential character study into a chilling, visually stunning critique of political, sexual and cultural dysfunction. If the film's reach sometimes exceeds its grasp, there is still much that astonishes in this rarely screened film: the superb acting by Stacy Keach, James Earl Jones, Dorothy Tristan and Harris Yulin; the feature film debut of legendary cinematographer Gordon Willis; the haunting opening montage that relate's the lead's typical boomer upbringing against the horrorshow of post-WWII history; the music supervised by jazz producer George Avakian; and last, but not least, the uncompromising visionary screenplay by Terry Southern, Aram Avakian and Dennis McGuire. If you are a big fan of such end-of-sixties films as Performance and Two-Lane Blacktop, this is definitely your cup of tea.
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A wonderful piece of counter-cultural cinema.
Available at last on dvd.
Gives the viewer the opportunity to fully understand the work cinematographer Gordon Willis did with colors and composition.
Avakian's sense of editing is prevalent here too.
Amazing performances by the leading actors and a great example of the strengths of Terry Southern's tragicomic prose.
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The United States has lost many of its cinema art houses (except for New York City, which of course is not of the United States). They were established for the discerning connoisseur of "aht" film and foreign films, those who'd had enough of Rock Hudson and Doris Day rom-coms.

Artistic cinema back then was supposed to be serious, even profound, and the cinematic style was considered "advanced" (many quick cuts). The narrative or story was of secondary importance, and the screenplay often seemed strongly influenced by the plays of Samuel Beckett.

Usually, there were scenes that were considered "shocking" or "daring," and this might include brief nudity.

End of the Road is such a film, but as such, it seems horribly dated and clichéd. Many of the scenes take place in a mental hospital under the control of a mad psychiatrist. The inmates act like crazy people are supposed to act: totally bizarre. One man is raping a live chicken. Another (I think that's Terry Southern) crawls around and barks like a dog. (There's also a scene featuring Terry's long-time companion, the late Gail Gibson.)

I presume that your interest in this movie is due to your admiration for the work of Terry Southern, and this is the last movie he wrote (along with two other writers) in which he had any control over the production. But none of the wit of Southern's fine novels is apparent here. I noticed nothing humorous, unless you'd consider the scene of a naked man raping a chicken to be hilarious.

Nor is Southern's gift for natural dialogue evident.
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