As its title suggests, documentarian Lisa Seidenberg's nonfiction opus The Road Taken. . . The Merritt Parkway introduces viewers to one of Connecticut's most famous highways. Known as "The Queen of Parkways," The Merritt officially opened in 1938, and thus celebrated its 70th anniversary coincident with the production of this film. It gained an enduring reputation for several elements that set it apart from other roads, notably the elaborate architecture of its bridges, the unique aesthetics of its highway signs, and the prevalence of trees along the route (many of which form canopies over the road itself). In paying homage to this route, Seidenberg draws from interviews with such notables as Department of Transportation Commissioner Emil Frankel and consummate prankster Alan Abel, and glimpses such roadside landmarks as the famous Lakeside Diner.
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