Moviedrome Mondays: Tracks (1976)

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

4 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: Tracks (1976)

  1. I did see The American Friend Pete, as I am a huge fan of most of German director Wim Wenders 20th century work 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  2. After reading this entry I’ve now bumped Tracks to the top of my Moviedrome must-see list. It sounds like it ticks a lot of boxes for me!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s