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Sounds on Screen: Road Movies

London, 24.04.24

There are few romantic notions in cinema as old and persistent than the road trip, where a physical journey mirrors the interior personal one, and the content is as open as the road itself - from fleeing chainsaw wielding maniacs, to getting the munchies and going to White Castle.

Look to the horizon and listen to an hour of road movie soundtracks, selected by Florence Scott-Anderton.


  • Excerpt Alice In The Cities (Edit) (1974)
    Alice In The Cities (Dir. Wim Wenders, 1974)
  • Down To The River To Pray
    Alison Krauss, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Dir. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, 2000)
  • Excerpt Paris Texas (Edit)
    Paris, Texas (Dir. Wim Wenders, 1984)
  • Leaving Home
    Yo La Tengo, Old Joy (Dir. Kelly Reichardt, 2006)
  • Excerpt Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (Edit)
    Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle (Dir. Danny Leiner, 2004)
  • Memory
    Nick Cave And Warren Ellis, The Road (Dir. John Hillcoat, 2009)
  • Their Pie (Hawthorne Version)
    Mark Orton, Nebraska (Dir. Alexander Payne, 2013)
  • Excerpt Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (Edit)
    Personal Velocity: Three Portraits (Dir. Rebecca Miller, 2002)
  • Main Title
    Eric Clapton & Roger Waters, The Hit (Dir. Stephen Frears, 1984)
  • Excerpt The Return (Edit)
    The Return (Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
  • Excerpt Crossroads (Edit)
    Crossroads (Dir. Tamra Davis, 2002)
  • Excerpt The Hitcher (Edit)
    The Hitcher (Dir. Robert Harmon, 1986)
  • End Credits
    Quincy Jones And Toots Thielemans
  • Hurdy Gurdy Man
    The Butthole Surfers, Dumb And Dumber (Dir. Peter Farrelly, 1994)
  • Excerpt Stranger Than Paradise (Edit)
    Stranger Than Paradise (Dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1984)
  • Ethan Returns
    Max Steiner, The Searchers (Dir. John Ford, 1956)
  • August Rain
    The Sandals, The Endless Summer II (Dir. Bruce Brown, 1994)
  • Excerpt Lost In America
    Lost In America (Dir. Albert Brooks, 1985)
  • It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
    Roger McGuinn, Easy Rider (Dir. Dennis Hopper, 1969)
  • Excerpt The Puffy Chair (Edit)
    (Dir. Jay Duplass, 2005)
  • Thunderbird
    Hans Zimmer, Thelma And Louise (Dir. Ridley Scott, 1991)
  • Excerpt Lost Highway (Edit)
    Lost Highway (Dir David Lynch, 1997)
  • The Wolf
    Eddie Vedder, Into The Wild (Dir. Sean Penn, 2007)
  • It’ll All Work Out
    Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Elizabethtown (Dir. Cameron Crowe, 2005)
  • Chick Habit
    April March, Death Proof (Dir. Quentin Tarantino, 2007)
  • Excerpt Detour (Edit)
    Detour (Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer, 1945)
  • Man With A Gun
    Jerry Harrison, Something Wild (Dir. Jonathan Demme, 1986)
  • Excerpt Night On Earth (Edit)
    Night On Earth (Dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1991)
  • Excerpt Two Lane Blacktop (Edit)
    Two Lane Blacktop (Dir. Monte Hellman, 1971)
  • Desperate Town
    Simon Boswell, American Perfekt (Dir. Paul Chart, 1997)
  • Excerpt Mystery Train (Edit)
    Mystery Train (Dir. Jim Jarmusch, 1989)
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
    Barry Adamson, Lost Highway (Dir. David Lynch, 1997)
  • Excerpt The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Dir. Tobe Hooper, 1974)
  • Jigsaw
    Psychic TV, The Living End (Dir. Gregg Araki, 1992)
  • Excerpt The Vanishing (Edit)
    The Vanishing (George Sluizer, 1988)
  • Excerpt Road Trip (Edit)
    Road Trip (Dir, Todd Phillips, 2000)
  • Excerpt Gerry
    Gerry (Edit) (Dir. Gus Van Sant, 2002)
  • Excerpt Are We There Yet? (Edit)
    Are We There Yet? (Dir. Brian Levant, 2005)
  • Excerpt Paper Moon (Edit)
    Paper Moon (Dir. Peter Bogdanovich, 1973)
  • Lonely Soul
    UNKLE, The Beach (Dir. Danny Boyle, 2000)
  • Excerpt My Own Private Idaho (Edit)
    My Own Private Idaho (Dir. Gus Van Sant, 1991)
  • End Credits
    Hans Zimmer, Rain Man (Dir. Barry Levinson, 1988)
  • Be Funny When You Can
    Bryce Dressner, Cmon Cmon (Dir. Mike Mills, 2021)
  • Excerpt Vagabond (Edit)
    Vagabond (Dir. Agnes Varda, 1985)
  • Travel
    Bandaloop, In July (Dir. Fatih Akin, 2000)
  • Excerpt The Living End (Edit)
    The Living End (Dir. Gregg Araki, 1992)
  • Show Time
    Minimal Man, The Sweet East (Dir. Sean Price Williams, 2023)
  • Im Garten Der Gemeinschaft
    Popol Vuh, Fitzcarraldo (Dir. Werner Herzog, 1982)
  • Watermelon In Easter Hay
    Frank Zappa, Y Tu Mamá También (Dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2001)