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The Road to Home: A Film Series

Mar 12 – Apr 30, 2005

Screened in conjunction with the exhibition Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye.
Tickets $7, MCA members $5

The road movie has long been synonymous with American culture and the image of America to the world. Within the wide and sordid expanse of road movies, these five films share a particular theme: escape in search of a place like home.

Dead Man, directed by Jim Jarmusch (1995)
Saturday, March 12, 1 and 4 pm

A young man (Johnny Depp), in a haunting frontier America, finds himself thrust into a physical and spiritual journey into the beyond.

The Wizard of Oz, directed by Victor Fleming (1939)
Saturday, March 26, 11 am and 1 pm; Sunday, March 27, 11 am and 1 pm

This glorious family classic investigates the void felt upon leaving home – the mystery and fear of entering a world where children are forced to take control of their own destinies.

Stroszek, directed by Werner Herzog (1977)
Saturday, April 2, 1 and 4 pm

In this dark comedy, a misfit and dreamer, unable to cope with the burden of his vision, leaves Europe for Railroad Flats, Wisconsin, only to find the land of opportunity strange and hostile.

Lost in America, directed by Albert Brooks (1985)
Saturday, April 16, 1 and 3 pm

An L.A. ad exec blows off his future, taking his wife to “find themselves” on the open road in a new Winnebago, “just like Easy Rider”, in this acidic and hilarious satire of materialism.

Simple Men, directed by Hal Hartley (1992)
Saturday, April 30, 1 and 3 pm

Two brothers, one bad, one good, search for their radical father on Long Island, and head straight to the twin realms of trouble and desire.