Road to Nowhere: Stuck on the Freeway in Los Angeles

The freeway is the icon by which Los Angeles is described. But it is also associated with identity crisis and lonely souls in an endless traffic jam. In this audiovisual essay, Jan Oxholm explores the dramatic use of the Los Angeles freeway in Hollywood cinema and arthouse films dealing with urban alienation.

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Facts

  • Screenplay: Jan Oxholm
  • Production and editing: Jan Oxholm

Excerpts from

  • (1963)
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • Falling Down (1993)
  • Speed (1994)
  • Clueless (1995)
  • Heat (1995)
  • Mulholland Dr. (2001)
  • Collateral (2004)
  • Crash (2004)
  • Somewhere (2010)
  • Drive (2011)
  • True Detective (2015)
  • La La Land (2016)
  • The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016)
  • The Neon Demon (2016)
  • Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Sources

  • Clarke, David (1997), The Cinematic City. New York: Routledge.
  • Deleyto, Celestino (2016), From Tinseltown to Bordertown: Los Angeles on Film. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.
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Jan Oxholm
Medstifter af 16:9. Lektor og redaktør. Cand.mag. i engelsk, film og medier.