Would you believe I’d never seen the Steven Spielberg movie Duel until last night?
A real shame, huh? Especially considering the fact that I’ve seen a host of other films helmed by the master director.
Duel, the story of an average businessman’s encounter with a homicidal, unseen truck driver on the lonely roads of California, was very tense and suspenseful. Great editing and cinematography, making the most of a tight script that was only hindered by a few bursts of internal monologues here and there … which it didn’t need.
I liked this movie a lot, and it was interesting to see such a strong picture so early in Spielberg’s career (the movie debuted in 1971). I’m not sure I’d want to watch it again; it’s not clear how the suspense and thrills will hold up. But it remains a well-crafted movie.
What film will come next for me? Only the screen has the answer.