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"Wanderlust", the interesting documentary Shari Springer Berman and
Robert Pulcini directed, is one of the best things about the role of
road movies in our culture. This most American form of entertainment
can be found in films from other countries, but it's the American vast
landscape, which gives films of this genre the appeal and the
significance that translates so well in movies made by some of the best
creators in the business.
The road movie's origins can be traced to the early westerns as the
country expanded from East to West. Those early movies with the
caravans of pioneers heading to settle the rest of the country, can be
seen as a typical example of this phenomenon. Another example of this
type of wanderlust is the migration of the thirties as people looked
for other places that were a bit more hospitable.
"Wanderlust" succeeds in the interviews with some of the best creators
of this particular style of movie making. We hear from Dennis Hopper,
whose "Easy Rider", and others, typify the restlessness of the people
taking the road. Allison Anders, another director that has set her
stories that way, speaks intelligently about what is behind it all.
Callie Khouri, Chris Eyre, Alexander Payne, Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard,
Gus Van Sant and all the others contribute to make clear as to why we
are all attracted to the road and what it all means to them.
This excellent film was presented by IFC. Directors Berman and Pulcini
have to be congratulated in producing this wonderful and informative
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