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American Road

2013
1h 48m
Documentary/History
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Cast

Edward Asner (Walt Whitman)Sean Stone (Jack Kerouac)

Directors

Warren Leming, Kurt Jacobsen

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Synopsis

This documentary explores the artistic, musical and literary resonances of the mystique of the road - and especially of going off the beaten track - in American lore. The Westward expansion, the Dust Bowl era, hobos, post-war suburbanization and the Beat critique of it; hitchhiking, the upheavals of the 1960s and early 1970s and the current generation of backpackers clutching their Lonely Planet and Rough Guides. American Road ultimately probes the meaning of what it is to be an American, not just a wayfarer.

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