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Aren Bergstrom

The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

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I didn't have the energy to watch The Last Wave last night, so instead put on The Cars That Ate Paris, which left me baffled. It's a strange mix between a kind of kitchen-sink drama and Ozspoiltation. There are some interesting ideas bubbling beneath the surface of this film, but I'm not sure any of it comes together in a satisfying manner. Aside from the one (accidentally?) striking image of the police officer brandishing the door of his car with the word "pig" spray painted across it and wielding a bloody makeshift spear, I didn't find the film particularly invigorating.

Anyone feel passionately about this film, either good or bad? I'm curious to hear what people's thoughts are.

(Apologies if this thread already exists somewhere. I searched, but couldn't find one.)


"Someone like Jean-Luc Godard is for me intellectual counterfeit money when compared to a good kung fu film." - Werner Herzog

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I saw it years ago, when I was trying to go through as many Peter Weir films as possible, and this was the only one I thought was actively bad. I just thought it was all over the place with too many ideas and sloppy pacing.


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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