Easy_Rider

Easy Rider

這部1969年的片是公路電影的創始作之一,兩個嬉皮騎上哈雷,從LA前往紐澳良參加Mardi Gras慶典活動。前半段風格輕鬆,場景多在公路、小鎮與鄉間,給人無拘無束的自由感,無怪乎在當時能造成轟動且帶起哈雷機車的大流行。後半段開始走向沉重,也開始探討較嚴肅的議題。

路上他們碰到幾個搭便車的朋友,同時碰到更多的是保守的南方人。片中就是要挑戰當時的主流保守觀點,片中嬉皮與酒鬼這些邊緣族群都是無害友善的好人;而表面上祥和的小鎮卻以"未經核准參加遊行"這理由把他們關進牢裡,只因為他們騎車跟在遊行隊伍後面。

由傑克尼克遜飾演的酒鬼律師George可能是全片最重要的角色,他明白點出這國家的人的問題:
George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it.
Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that's what happened. Hey, we can't even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we're gonna cut their throat or somethin'. They're scared, man.
George Hanson: They're not scared of you. They're scared of what you represent to 'em.
Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.
George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.
Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That's what it's all about.
George Hanson: Oh, yeah, that's right. That's what's it's all about, all right. But talkin' about it and bein' it, that's two different things. I mean, it's real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don't ever tell anybody that they're not free, 'cause then they're gonna get real busy killin' and maimin' to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they're gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it's gonna scare 'em.

這些人永遠宣稱要個人自由,但當他們看到一個真正自由的人,他們反而害怕了。餐廳裡的人表現出敵意,旅館不讓主角們住宿,甚至他們睡路邊也被攻擊。這些理當"祥和友善"的南方小鎮卻對這幾個無害的嬉皮充滿高度的敵意,更映證Michael Moore近年紀錄片中所嘲諷的,美國白人就是一個永遠在害怕,而一害怕就拿武器傷害別人的一個族群,數十年過去了從沒變過。

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