Cinema: Wheels: Hi Test

"I keep picking up these fantasies all along the road.''

—G.T.O. in Two-Lane Blacktop

He hasn't got it quite right. The road is really an escape route. When G.T.O. stops his sleek and speedy Pontiac to pick up hitchhikers along his way to anywhere, it is reality he is letting in. Talking to his passengers—a faggot cowpuncher, a grandmother caring for a newly orphaned child, a couple of soldiers on leave—he attempts to draw them into his own baroque imagination. He is by turns an ex-fighter pilot, a gambler, a test driver from Detroit. It...

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