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Duel

December 31 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Steven Spielberg’s first feature-length film, produced for television,
was shot in a scant thirteen days. The urgency of this tight schedule seems to have translated directly to the screen, resulting in a breakneck action thriller with dark psychological overtones. Dennis Weaver stars as David Mann, a traveling salesman who unwittingly enters into the eponymous duel when he passes a tarnished, smoke-belching, slow-moving tanker truck. As the truck driver’s actions escalate from garden variety road rage to criminal intent, Mann is forced, literally, to drive for his life, the camera deftly contrasting the expansive desolation of remote and meandering California roads with the claustrophobic confines of a red Plymouth Valiant — Mann’s prison and his only means of escape. (Steven Spielberg, 1971, DCP, 90 minutes)

courtesy ABC/Photofest  

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