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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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outstanding journey into the American soul
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A must-see and an extraordinary surprise. Way beyond any expectations I brought to it. This remarkable and riveting film beguiles you at the start and never lets go all the bittersweet rollicking way to its strangely upbeat end. The film examines both the experiences of individual Americans (Twain, Guthrie, Kerouac, etc) on the road and the road that America as a nation has taken since the Pilgrims hit shore. Superb narration. I got even more out of watching this very rich documentary a second and third time. This is one for your shelves and that you will go back to again and again. The music selections are great too. A classic that deserves the widest recognition.


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