The road movie is one of the most tried and true genres, a staple since the earliest days of cinema. This book looks at the road movie from a wider perspective than ever before, exploring the motif of travel not just in American films--where it has been most prominent--but via movies from other nations as well. Gathering contributions from around the world, the book shows how the road movie, altered and refracted in every new international iteration, offers a new way of thinking about the ever-shifting sense of place and space in the globalized world. Through analyses of such films as Guantanamera (Cuba), Wrong Side of the Road (Australia), Five Golden Flowers (China), Africa United (South Africa), and Sightseers (England), TheGlobal Road Movie enables us to think afresh about how today's road movies fit into the history of the genre and what they can tell us about how people move about in the world today.
Jos Duarte teaches cinema at the School of Arts and Humanities, Universidade de Lisboa. Timothy Corrigan is professor of English and cinema studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of The Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker.