END OF THE ROAD
of the great underground films of the 1960s is now available on DVD:
happening at the subterranean levels of ‘End of the Road’ may
be something you'll have to discover for yourself. For me, the strength
and horror of the film came in its merging madness with the normal world.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, August 28, 1970
OF THE ROAD'
TO DEBUT ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME SEPTEMBER 18
FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO
an All-New Documentary
Calif., July 23, 2012 – Directed by innovative auteur Aram Avakian
(Cops and Robbers, Jazz on a Summer's Day, 11 Harrowhouse)
and co-written by Dennis McGuire (Shoot It Black, Shoot It Blue),
Terry Southern (Dr. Strangelove,
Barbarella, Easy Rider), and
Produced by Terry Southern and Stephen F. Kesten and adapted from the John Barth novel, End of the Road resonated with fans of the counter-culture movement and was viewed as shocking, powerful and controversial at the time of its release. A groundbreaking art-house film with strong anti-establishment sensibilities, the DVD release of End of the Road will include an all-new special feature produced and directed by Steven Soderbergh, which tells the compelling story of how this brutally honest film was made, the obstacles it overcame, and its lasting impact. The DVD will have a suggested retail price of $19.97 and orders are due August 14.
End of the Road features the talents of Stacy Keach (Fat City by John Huston, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter), Harris Yulin (Training Day, Rush Hour 2), Dorothy Tristan (Klute, Scarecrow) and James Earl Jones (Dr. Strangelove, Star Wars franchise). It was also the first film for legendary cinematographer Gordon Willis (The Godfather, All The Presidents Men) and features an original soundtrack composed by Teo Macero, J.S. Bach and P.I. Tchaikowsky and supervised by George Avakian.
End of the Road is an indictment of the upcoming 'me' generation and also a philosophical questioning of the notion of succeeding and even participating in a society that is so violent. After graduating from an Ivy-League school, Jacob Horner (Stacy Keach) is seen standing at a New England train station, waiting on a platform—in a catatonic state. He stands there for days without moving—like a human sculpture—an installation of broken promise. Doctor D (James Earl Jones) discovers him and takes him back to "the farm of psychic remobilization." After being ‘cured,’ Horner takes a job as an English lecturer at a nearby college and begins a catastrophic affair with the wife of colleague, Rennie (Dorothy Tristan). The film becomes an exploration into Jacob Horner's limits and values, in the face of all he thought he had, which crumbles before him under the existential questioning of the powerful Doctor D and the tragic demise of Rennie.
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