The fourteenth chapter in "32 Days of Movies", an audiovisual tour through 366 films.
(2015 update: included Vimeo embed after the jump)
A trio of friends racing across a bridge. A boy running cross-country and reflecting on his unhappy life. A woman fleeing terrible news through the city that has broken her heart. As the hero of one of our selections says, "All I know is you've got to run." Running toward, running away, running nowhere in particular. This sense of restless movement was in the air at the time these movies came out, and they all captured a spirit that was equal parts freewheeling and frustrated. Sometimes this run even turned to flight, yet with a nagging rope still tied around the floating freebird.
Even if the heroes of these films, and the filmmakers who crafted them, thought that they were merely running away from a world that disappointed them, or running for the sake of feeling alive, they actually did go somewhere, a horizon difficult to describe but impossible not to feel. These seven "sixties" chapters are a voyage into uncharted waters, and already by the end of this chapter you can sense an unmoored, heady, dizzying sense of discovery. This is also "runaway cinema" in the sense of a "runaway train", gone off the tracks and plowing through the wilderness, exploring new landscapes of the mind, senses, and imagination.