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American Road (2013)

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This documentary explores the artistic, musical and literary resonances of the mystique of the road - and especially of going off the beaten track - in American lore. The Westward expansion... See full summary »
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This documentary explores the artistic, musical and literary resonances of the mystique of the road - and especially of going off the beaten track - in American lore. The Westward expansion, the Dust Bowl era, hobos, post-war suburbanization and the Beat critique of it; hitchhiking, the upheavals of the 1960s and early 1970s and the current generation of backpackers clutching their Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. American Road ultimately probes the meaning of what it is to be an American, not just a wayfarer. Written by anonymous

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On the Road with some highly talented documentarians
6 January 2015 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I loved this film. I travelled those roads many times and even wrote a book about Jack Kerouac and published an article with the title "Got My Kicks On Route 66". This excellent documentary also relates many important aspects of the American experience which are too often forgotten or overlooked and yet are an important part of American culture today. Thankfully these amazing accounts of decades of Americana have now been documented for future generations. I only hope that it gets the exposure that it deserves. I'm going to recommend it to all my French friends and hope to show it in class at the University of Montpellier. Bravo, guys! I'm about to go watch it again.


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