"It was really the most intellectual, conscious manipulation of the audience that I’ve ever done. I thought it was a movie about speed, and I wanted to bring the audience back out of the movie and into the theatre, and to relate them to the experience of watching a film. I also wanted to relate them to, not consciously but unconsciously, the idea of film going through a camera, which is related to speed as well. I think it came to me out of a similar kind of thing that Bergman did with PERSONA."

Monte Hellman on TWO-LANE BLACKTOP’s final image.