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The current 'Film International' vol. 15.2 carries my feature 'Jeff Bridges in a Car' - - though I don't know how available F.I. is in print around the States.  It's a bit crazy and might not be everybody's cup of tea.  Idea was to look at JB's career purely by hitching a ride from one car scene to another.  And there are some fun graphics in there courtesy of TUCKER.  
A flaw: it leaves out some fine Westerns and even THE FISHER KING gets sidelined! so think of it as impressionistic instead of comprehensive - - but still ran to 10,000 words.  To embrace JB's kinship with Buddhist mindfulness, the piece is peppered with Basho haikus and, since it felt like-minded, Lao Tsu and Chuang Tzu too.  If you hitch a ride on THE LAST PICTURE SHOW the piece will take you all the way to HELL Or HIGH WATER.  
Fearless.jpg  It starts this way:- 

Jeff Bridges on jamming — improv — creative verve:

You get in the zone and you’re gone, but something’s coming through you somehow. [i]  

You see it coming in 1973 —

“ ‘Great smokin’ blue gumballs god almighty dog!  There goes Junior Johnson!’ ” [ii]

— a souped-up Mustang through North Carolina mountain roads and main titles and ‘I Got a Name’ of The Last American Hero.  New Wave rough grain, candid shots, all outdoors and location interiors.  Daddy is a bootlegger, and Junior outruns the law in the first five minutes.' 
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.....And it ends like this:-

Leaving soon

thanks, flowers,

for your hospitality 

Matsuo Basho. [i]

He’s writing a song — “I don’t know where I’m going with it” — and it goes, “ ‘I’m living like I’m already dead. / Like I’ve said what I’ve said. / Like I am what I am’.” 

Like the kids who beat the panning lens, it goes, “ ‘I’m gone, and here I come again’.”  [ii] 

The last car is Aesop’s Volkswagen but the fact remains the Dude abides and you get in the zone and you’re gone —

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[i] Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times. 46

[ii] The Dude and the Zen Master. 262, 264


[i] Jeff Bridges & Bernie Glassman, The Dude and the Zen Master.  (2013) 2014, London: Corgi.  266

[ii] Tom Wolfe, ‘The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson.  Yes!’ (1965) in Tom Wolfe, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby.  (1965) 1981, Picador.  109


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Thanks for sharing this ! Interesting concept.
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You're welcome. It led to 3 other 'artist/mode of transport' pieces, each a very different tone, now leading to a themed issue down the road where other contributors have their own take.  The haikus/Tao verse are particular to JB.  'Jeff Bridges in a Car' came spontaneously, winging it and striking lucky with how many key car scenes JB has done - - even missed some, forgot about one striking static car scene in WINTER KILLS until after 'Film International went to print.  
The piece is free association.  Reading as hitch-hiking between scenes = the mirror-image of writing as free associating between movies.  So the fluency is loose enough for haikus to come and go and Taoist verse reminds us it's all writing on the sky anyway.  
The best translations of Basho's haikus is something else come across after the deadline, alas - - but for any haiku lovers out there, Lucien Stryk's translations in ON LOVE & BARLEY really allow the haikus to have their moment.  
Now I think on it, JB's widelux camera shots are photographic haikus.  
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You're welcome. It led to 3 other 'artist/mode of transport' pieces, each a very different tone, now leading to a themed issue down the road where other contributors have their own take.  The haikus/Tao verse are particular to JB.  'Jeff Bridges in a Car' came spontaneously, winging it and striking lucky with how many key car scenes JB has done - - even missed some, forgot about one striking static car scene in WINTER KILLS until after 'Film International went to print.  
Reading as hitch-hiking between scenes = the mirror-image of writing as free associating between movies.  So the fluency is loose enough for haikus to come and go and Taoist verse reminds us it's all writing on the sky anyway.  
The best translations of Basho's haikus is something else come across after the deadline, alas - - but for any haiku lovers out there, Lucien Stryk's translations in ON LOVE & BARLEY really allow the haikus to have their moment.  
Now I think on it, JB's widelux camera shots are photographic haikus.  
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Interesting concept. I have been attempting to teach myself more about writing. Starting with short ruff draft type stories and building as I go. I started watching movies of all kinds and that is when I noticed how many movies Jeff is actually in. This website was just curiosity after watching an interview on Conan's late night show Jeff's photography was mentioned. You can kind of tell the people who have been keeping the conversation going for a long time. Writing seems to be an endless task where there is no mastery or perfecting just a continuous work in progress. So far I have thrown format out the window in exchange for creativity. I can tell your skills are more refined with order and format. Anyhow interesting concept, cars are definitely a memorable part of films.
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