'Mad Max' (1979) starring Mel Gibson

Crisis conditions: In the aftermath of nuclear war, anarchy reigns (at least in Australia), barbarians with punk hairstyles rule and tribal skirmishes break out over the control of gasoline. The hero's journey: Reluctant drifter helps the less Darwinistically equipped (respectively, a group of people and a bunch of children) fend off the magnificently be-mohawked heathen hordes, thereby rediscovering his own squelched humanity. The look: Black leather biker jacket customized with football shoulder pad, black leather pants (despite the heat of the Australian summer), fingerless gloves, steel-toed boots.Weapon(s) of choice: Sawed-off shotgun, souped-up hot rod.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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