Do you remember the film Rainman? Sure you do, but what do you remember more- the plot, or the Ferrari 400i, and 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible? That movie also featured a Lamborghini Countach, Lotus Elite, and Ferrari 365 GTS, oh yeah, and a guy named Tom. That’s one non-car movie that’s plum full of cool iron, but is it your favorite?
Godard’s Week End contains one of the most famous extended tracking shots in cinema history, and some ’60s cargasm imagery, including a Facel Vega Facellia, and a pair of children making good use of the sunroofs on both a Peugeot 404 and a Citroën 2CV. As the era of cinema has roughly paralleled that of the automobile, it’s not surprising that cars and trucks have played significant roles in many films, even those where they weren’t the stars.
Can you imagine a Keystone Kops silent without a Flivver, or overburdened paddy wagon? What about the Italian Job without Minis? And of course that same Tom who starred in Rainman also made a film a few years earlier in which a Porsche allowed for the knee-slapper ‘who’s the u-boat captain?’ There’s so many great cars that have made movie history, which film stands out to you as having either the best collection, or the most emblematic use of a car in a non-car film? And no, Herbie Goes Bananas doesn’t count.