I was not too crazy about Zabriskie Point, even though I generally love Antonioni. Almost Famous is good when you’re fourteen films, but one generally forgets about it as they expand their cinematic horizons. Last night, I watched Two Land Blacktop, which was interesting.
well The Wonder Years is not a film but if it were…
Silent Running comes to mind but I think you’re referring to films made after the fact
either or works, after the fact or contemporarily
I think Dazed and Confused is completely overrated although very influential
Forrest Gump also comes to mind
Dazed and Confused is not “hippie-era”, it’s set in 1976.
It’s hard to get more hippie-era than Monterey Pop. It’s not just a music perfomance doc, it’s a nice extended look at hippiedom in full flower, before things got scuzzy.
Woodstock is my favorite doc and I believe the best film on this theme. While the music is the main selling point, it also provides a look at the details, ideals and challenges of hippie culture.
A lesser film, but also interesting is The Trip, a Roger Corman film starring Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern and Dennis Hopper, which attempts to film what an LSD trip might be like.
CISCO PIKE (1971) is great. It stars Kris Kristofferson as a former rock star who had fallen on hard times and is pressured by a narcotics cop (Gene Hackman) to sell a certain amount of kilos of marijuana over a weekend or else he’ll get arrested. So then we see a whole panorama of different layers of post-‘60s L.A. with several great character actors represented: Harry Dean Stanton, Viva, Joy Bang, Antonio Fargas, Allan Arbus, etc. And Karen Black as Kris’s girlfriend. Arguably the best “counterculture” film of the era and the one least likely to have dated.
Also, I highly recommend Roger Corman’s THE WILD ANGELS (1966) as a counterpoint to the hippie films.
easy rider? Nobody’s mentioned that yet
well maybe dazed and confused is not set in the 60’s but there are plenty of hippies in it
70s stoners is not the same as hippies. You must be young.
Well I usually think of the hippie-era as spanning from 1967 to 1972 or 73
Yeah, sorry Alex, but I’m the same age as those kids depicted in Dazed & Confused (I’m class of 79) and we never considered ourselves hippies. They were all in their late 20s or 30s by 1976. Mastroianni’s timetable is accurate.
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Isn’t that the ultimate hippie movie, as it’s really about hippies, with the only one greater being Woodstock?
The Summer of Love was in 1967. Haight-Ashbury stretched through 1968, and moved most notably to Chicago for the Democratic National Convention that summer. Then, of course, Woodstock in 1969. It was in full rage through about early 1972, but when Watergate hit, the radicals became more serious, and the idea of ‘Woodstock Nation’ moved to a different consciousness.
Billy Jack is such a strange mix. Different from Laughlin’s Born Losers. I think Delores Taylor had more of an influence on him after that.
I think you are right about his wife’s influence. It is a strange mix. I love it though.
Billy Jack is not in the Mubi database. Unbelievable! It’s an important early 70s movie, no matter what one thinks of it, it’s culturally significant.
I added it along with the sequels, should be here soon, also going to add Master Gunfighter. I spoke with Tom Laughlin recently, sent him a fan email and he called me, pretty cool. Been thinking about using him in next years directors cup (along with Bob Clark) even tho I likely wont make it past the first round
Billy Jack was cool.
I graduated high school in 75. Much of that era was influenced and grew up on the “vapor trails” of the hippie movement. In hindsight, not a good thing.
did u get into disco? ever have the boots with the goldfish in em boston?
ok yeah I’m young so maybe I just don’t know the difference between stoners and hippies but
they look like hippies to me
Nope – stoners.
My group of friends hated disco, we were more Led Zep, etc. fans.I can remember (briefly) wearing nehrus, bellbottoms and medallions around age 13-14(1969-71).
The only time we discoed was looking for girls.You would hit the clubs and fake it!
EASY RIDER is awful. It seemed great to me in high school, when it came out, but when I was in college two years later and they screened it for us one afternoon, the audience laughed at it. It was so horribly dated in just two years.
THE STRAWBERRY STATEMENT
and, as you mention in the OP, ZABRISKIE POINT
ok then how about:
I’m not familiar with Vanishing Point—have to check it out. I love The Party with Peter Sellers, and Petulia.
I enjoy Milos Forman’s Taking Off (although I might be the only one) as well as Three in the Attic and Wild in the Streets (the latter two starring the great Christopher Jones).