“We blew it “: The United States in between the road movie and death
No doubt Jean-Baptiste Thort would have liked to never have to make this documentary. But by one of those strange paradoxes whose history of ideas and artistic creation abounds, its edification has stemmed from a depressing series of findings of failure – or impotence. It is also summed up in this terse sentence giving its title to the film: “We Blew It”. Borrowed from Peter Fonda in Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider (1969), the replica appears in many respects premonitory, even prophetic.
Roots and Route
The road is long from Chicago to Santa Monica: 2450 miles. Taking the time to go through it makes it possible to measure (literally) the incessant increase in the distance between the oligarchs of the Democratic Party and the population. To note the impoverishment and the fragility of it. To hear, too, his sense of estrangement as well as his nostalgia for an “age of possibilities” (and all transgressions) gone. A sum of frustrations capitalized by a Donald Trump prompt to dazzle the rearview mirror: in his “Make America Great Again“, many left behind have taken for themselves the programmatic promise to regain their past greatness.
In the words of the Anonymous, the documentary filmmaker adds those of figures of the counter-culture; Of those who dug into the spirit of the 60 ‘s, the foundations of the new Hollywood. A walk with director Jerry Schatzberg in New York, once badly notorious, now Gentryfié says a lot about the evolution of things. The Liberal years (1980s) have passed by, the poor have been ironed by crises, and the obscenity of capitalism has surpassed: “We Blew it“.
In addition to the subjects he deals with, Thoret also carries out a personal “secessionist” act, confirming his deliberate demarcation of criticism, which he has found to be gradually extinguished – here, too, a golden age is over. The scarcity of places to produce and disseminate cinematographic analysis led him to take the step by becoming a filmmaker. It is, incidentally, amazing that this film questioning the present as it convenes a decisive step in the history of the 7th art, nourished by valuable testimonies of James Toback or the late Tobe Hooper , did not figure prominently in the programming of the last festival Lumière (Lyon). Too much political, maybe …https://www.the-locus.com/we-blew-it-the-united-states-between-the-road-movie-death/https://www.the-locus.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/171107_16....multimediaarticlesfsger1711027BraddfzefMoresiMasqueTrump.jpghttps://www.the-locus.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/171107_16....multimediaarticlesfsger1711027BraddfzefMoresiMasqueTrump-150x150.jpgMOVIEScinema,documentary,film,movie,weblewitNo doubt Jean-Baptiste Thort would have liked to never have to make this documentary. But by one of those strange paradoxes whose history of ideas and artistic creation abounds, its edification has stemmed from a depressing series of findings of failure – or impotence. It is also summed up...locus_desk [email protected]AdministratorThe Locus