Weekend @ The Movies: More Symbology With Cars


Robert Langdon unlocking clues in Albion.

By Gunnar Heinrich | IMG Columbia Pictures via IMCDB

KUDOS to anyone who can name the blue “woody” car behind Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou without looking it up on Lord knows, I couldn’t. But then again there are plenty things I don’t know.

Among them, Biblical lore. The Bible is a life’s study unto itself and Dan Brown has done a great job weaving intrigue from the vacuum of collective ignorance in the Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons.

Not that we should all be religious scholars, but the stories are enough to make us want to be better at picking up on the significance of our surroundings – even if that should include obscure British cars from the 1950s.

The Da Vinci Code, which I resisted for no particular reason when the book and film originally premiered, is not half as suspenseful as Angels & Demons, but is nonetheless a thought provoking and thrilling chase through familiar parts of Paris, London, and Oxford.

The Da Vinci Code is also a great tour of British, French, and German cars, with the SMART ForTwo and the Land Rover 110 providing the able transport for getaways in two scenes where fleeing les Flics was central to the premise of moving the story along.


Other notable cars include a Daimler limo (the staple of lesser royals), a Citroen DS (which meets a horrid end), and a cameo from a W140 Benz S600.

Autos aside,  both films are well worth watching. And by the way, it’s a 1957 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller.

Now say that ten times fast.

May 24, 2009

About the Author: Gunnar Heinrich is publisher of Automobiles De Luxe online and is executive producer of the Automobiles De Luxe Television series on PBS member station CPTV.

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