I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to actor-turned-director/writer Henry Jaglom’s 1976 drama Tracks. Readers can also read Cox’s intro transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was August 23, 1992 (read here). Contrary to Cox’s opinion, I neither adore nor admire Tracks as much as I respect it, albeit mildly. Compared to Jaglom’s other films as a director, Tracks comes off (at least for me) as his strongest one to date. As deeply flawed as it is, Tracks has three things going for it. The first comes from Dennis Hopper’s riveting central performance. The second comes from Jaglom’s inspired mixing of form (flashback structure) with content (PTSD among a Vietnam war veteran). Speaking of that last aspect, Tracks was one of the earliest American films to touch upon the subject of the Vietnam war and If nothing else, deserves a better reputation than it’s current status as an obscurity.
Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to Tracks
Here is a youtube video link to the film’s original theatrical trailer