Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Oct 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the history of the Drive-In movie theaters and what has happened to the venue ever since it’s inception nearly 100 years ago.
My Take on it – I must admit that the only reason I was even drawn to watching this film was because of my fondness for the work of director Kurt Kuenne.
I have been mesmerized with his film work ever since I watched his spectacular documentary last year Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008), which has quickly become my favorite documentary ever.
This was one of his first films and he is able to give us a compelling history of the venue of the Drive-In movie theater.
Loved the eclectic group of people interviewed for this film which ranged from movie reviewers, Drive-In theater workers, managers and owners, actors, historians and also other fans of the industry.
Each is able to give us a unique view on the history of the Drive-In theater from their own personal perspective. We also get to hear what they think were the reasons for the successes and failures of the industry.
Kuenne has a knack for overlapping dialogue in his films and he does it expertly here which helps give the stories a more impressive feel when looking at the whole phenomena of the Drive-In.
This movie helps give us all a taste of what it was like to watch movies in the open air and is a venue which is almost completely gone, but teh memories of those who were able to experience it still live on in them and now in this film.
Bottom Line – Very compelling documentary that gives a great overview of the history of this unique venue for watching movies. The number of people interviewed from so many aspects of the film and Drive-In industry is amazing. Liked the way that Kuenne used his overlapping dialogue technique to give us an impressive look at the whole phenomena that was the Drive -In. It’s easy to see the love that many people have for the memories of the almost forgotten part of Americana film watching.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Winner of the Texas Award at the USA Film Festival and Best Documentary at the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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