Steel Notes Magazine December 2016 - Page 37

www.steelnotesmagazine.com Steel Notes Magazine hungry shark. What Spielberg does so cleverly is to make us fear for David’s plight and we never know if David will survive it. That Red Plymouth Valiant is no match for a grimy-looking gas tanker truck emitting all sorts of exhaust into the atmosphere – a tree-hugging liberal’s nightmare. But the environment is hardly what David cares about, it is the lack of control he has over this unseen driver (only the driver’s boots and his arm are ever visible). When it is all over after the truck plunges over a cliff, David feels victorious and jumps up and down. Then he settles down and sits on the edge of a cliff, looking despondent. The nightmare may be over but we never know what really stimulated the truck driver to aggressively attack David (the various license plates in the truck’s front bumper certainly suggest that this driver has done this before). There is calm and unease and the victory slowly dissipates. “Duel” is about a lonely man on a lonely two-lane road who, by the end of the film, is more alone than ever. ### Steel Notes Magazine www.steelnotesmagazine.com 37