What would movies be without cars? Their metallic bodies spark fantasy and desire, and they thrill and terrify with reckless speed. Cars provide an intimate conversational space, a means to make a living, or simply the best way to get from here to there. Our series takes a look across the decades at crime cars, race cars, chauffeured cars, working cars, and just plain cool cars. Enjoy the ride!
Films are introduced by Laura Boyes, NCMA film curator.
Part of the Car Crazy film series. A chauffeur’s daughter’s chic Parisian makeover beguiles two... Read more >
The movies’ most famous taxi ride? Director Elia Kazan’s first outing after his appearance as a... Read more >
Five cabbies in five cities—LA, New York, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki—simultaneously pick up a... Read more >
A film musical masterpiece fuses (some of) Leonard Bernstein’s score with a crackling Comden and... Read more >
A hardscrabble wildcat trucking firm run by two brothers hauling fruit from the California... Read more >
A remarkable documentary explores the inner life of Dr. Lucy Daniels, whose childhood has both... Read more >
A Detroit auto engineer on a Spanish holiday encounters a jewel thief in this chic and frothy... Read more >
Havana, 1948. Chico, a pianist (his music by legendary Bebo Valdés) and Rita, a sensual... Read more >
The Master of Suspense’s breeziest caper pits a retired jewel thief against a cool beauty. Black... Read more >
Two Tars (1928) Directed by James Parrott and Leo McCarey. Laurel and Hardy. (21 min.)
Two... Read more >
Argentine con-man movie Nuevas Reinas spawned global imitations (Hollywood’s starred Nick Cage),... Read more >