VICE Presents: The Film Foundation Screening Series at Nitehawk Cinema: Two for the Road (Stanley Donen, 1967) | Buy Tickets
As with all of our VICE/The Film Foundation screenings we’ve tapped some incredible people to write their thoughts on this month’s film. We’re excited that for Two for the Road to have Stephen M. Silverman (Stanley Donen biographer and People.com editor), Zachary Heinzerling (director of Cutie and the Boxer) and Joseph Walsh (editor of Nitrate Stock). Below is an excerpt from Joe Walsh but read the rest on VICE.COM now!
In terms of its time/memory jump structure and its warts-and-all view of the romance, the closest contemporary to Stanley’s film seems to be Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and I’d love to know how much of a fan Charlie Kaufman was of the earlier film before undertaking his own dark version of Cupid’s hangover. Like ESotSM, Donen and Raphael’s film ends with the audience left to conclude whether the couple’s decision to remain together is the right one. Some might see it as a doomed cycle of dysfunction, others as a championing of romance replete with all its flaws. In any case, the story may not end neatly, or even definitively, but ends satisfyingly, in a way that doesn’t betray the preceding two hours’ worth of honesty. There is no simple conclusion between people in this life, and the film reflects that perfectly.