The Scenic Route celebrates the cars and landscape of a bygone age.
Today's selection: Los Angeles, 1969, as captured in:
|Written and directed by Jacques Demy.|
|And he's got this crazy car, but does he want to make the monthly payments on it?|
|No, he doesn't.|
The plot device is George driving around Los Angeles all day, looking for money to stave off the repossession of his car.
|Which he finds, several times, but he spends it on the model shop of the title:|
A "model shop" is a place where you can go and photograph one of the girls who work there in a variety of costumes, and then you keep the photos. Between this and George's aimless driving over the same repetitive landscape, it's fairly easy to see what Demy thought of American culture. Or perhaps just Western culture in general.
|The model he's assigned (Anouk Aimée) is the one he's been seeing all over town. He follows her around, and they end up banging after a lot of woolgathering.|
|And without further ado...|
Demy's Lola (also with Aimée) is an undisputed classic, but Model Shop is probably a little too arsty for its own good. I'm not here, however, to really examine the film, only to celebrate the long, unhurried looks at a landscape preserved in cinema amber, of which the above is only a small and humbly presented portion.