Although it was a double feature, I decided to go late to see just Vanishing Point at Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.). On the surface, it was a simple tale of a guy running from the law in a fast car. But my take on it was that the guy — Kowalski — represented freedom itself. Super Soul — the black, blind DJ — seems to recognize this, and even spells it right out.
I found Kowalski's encounters on the road to be one-dimensional allegories where you can just substitute "freedom" for "Kowalski":
- At every turn, the law is out to stop freedom.
- The hippie couple gets along with freedom.
- Racists try to stop Super Soul from talking about freedom.
- The gay couple tries to rob freedom — perhaps out of desperation.
- Freedom goes all over the desert.
- The religious group sees freedom only as a malicious stranger.
- When the law finally wins, freedom dies.
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