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The Lorry (1977)

Le camion (original title)
In this most talky and personal of films, director Marguerite Duras and actor Gerard Depardieu do an on-camera read-through of a movie script. Occasionally, the director comments about the ... See full summary »

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Marguerite Duras
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Marguerite Duras ... Elle
Gérard Depardieu ... Lui
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In this most talky and personal of films, director Marguerite Duras and actor Gerard Depardieu do an on-camera read-through of a movie script. Occasionally, the director comments about the characters or their motivations, and sometimes the actor does. That's all -- there is no action, there are no location shots, no one pretends to be anything else. The script itself tells about an encounter between a blank-slate of a woman hitchhiker, and a communist truck driver. As the reading progresses, Duras comments bitterly about the failed ideals of communism and the glorious revolution that will probably never happen.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 May 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Truck See more »

Filming Locations:

La Hague, Manche, France

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Production Co:

Auditel, Cinéma 9 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Polyester (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

33 Veränderungen über einen Walzer von A. Diabelli op 120
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Mesmerising
23 March 2005 | by Steven-59See all my reviews

Lucky to see this movie at a Duras Film Festival in Chicago many years ago. Duras and Gérard Depardieu read a script while we watch a truck make its rounds with Diabelli Variations in background.. Can't explain why it works but it does. I read an essay about this movie and it spoke to an "autism" in its style. Not sure the story matters but it is about a lone Jewish Hitch hiker who is picked up by the truck driver. I also believe it recounts Duras's involvement in the French Communist Party. I don't understand why movies directed by Duras are not on DVD. Must be something she wrote in her will. Who owns these movies? I especially would like to see "Moderato Cantabille" on DVD.


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