Friday, May 27, 2011
Friday Flicks: Duel
Duel (1971) was Steven Spielberg's first feature-length movie. The story: a traveling businessman is terrorized by a tanker truck driver on the open road.
This movie is brilliantly edited for suspense and action. The excellent camera work packs a wallop with incredible closeups of the truck and car in various angles, not to mention the long shots of the desert location and amazing sound editing. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall in that editing room.
Dennis Weaver's performance was outstanding. A henpecked, insecure, nerdy businessman takes on a psychotic truck driver. A Spielberg masterpiece.