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Subject: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: Civecian-Ark on 06/06/11 at 6:08 am

I love love love Easy Rider and have really been getting into Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet lately (not what most people would pick as a hippie film, but as I understand it the counterculture of the 60s loved it).  Anyone else got some good hippie flicks?  And by good I mean something you'd consider culturally significant/defining.

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: Shiv on 06/06/11 at 10:18 am


The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" film

"Tommy" (the movie based on the Who album). From 1974 but still definitely a hippie film.

Also Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Fantasia" were really popular with the 60s counterculture too.

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: Civecian-Ark on 06/06/11 at 12:14 pm


The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" film

"Tommy" (the movie based on the Who album). From 1974 but still definitely a hippie film.

Also Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Fantasia" were really popular with the 60s counterculture too.


Seen them but will check out Tommy, so thanks.  Any other live action ones I should look out for?  I guess I should've mentioned that criterion too.

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/06/11 at 1:23 pm

Can many a hippie be seen in Woodstock?

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: lorac61469 on 06/06/11 at 3:11 pm

I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for...

Godspell.  The movie was released in 1973, set in New York and it is a musical based on the Gospel of Matthew. The Gospels according to '60s hippie counterculture.


http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/060413/12915__garber_l.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/28/Godspellmoviep.jpg

Also...Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: Civecian-Ark on 06/06/11 at 4:48 pm


I'm not sure if this is what you're looking for...

Godspell.  The movie was released in 1973, set in New York and it is a musical based on the Gospel of Matthew. The Gospels according to '60s hippie counterculture.


http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/dynamic/imgs/060413/12915__garber_l.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/28/Godspellmoviep.jpg

Also...Beyond the Valley of the Dolls


I've heard of Godspell, never knew that about it though.  Adding those two to the list! ;)

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: zcrito on 06/06/11 at 7:30 pm

If we're talking '60s movies only then something like

Alice's Restaurant,
The Graduate,
Cool Hand Luke,
Bonnie and Clyde,
Planet of the Apes.

All from the late '60s.

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 07/01/11 at 8:47 pm

I LOVE YOU, ALICE B. TOKLAS! (1968)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQTa1QhdnZo

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou6JNQwPWE0

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Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: Shiv on 07/01/11 at 10:28 pm

"The Graduate" might be another. It definitely has that 60s vibe.

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: danootaandme on 07/02/11 at 3:13 am

British Cinema had some good ones

The Bed-Sitting Room

The Magic Christian

The Lonliness of the Long Distance Runner

The Knack(And How to Get It)

Georgie Girl

A Clockwork Orange

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 07/06/11 at 7:08 pm



The Lonliness of the Long Distance Runner



A wonderful film.  My friend introduced me to it.  By the time I saw it I recognized dozens of lines he quoted from it over the years!

It's not that I don't like work. It's just that I don't like the idea of slaving me guts out so the bosses can get all the profits. Seems all wrong to me.


The Paper Chase (1973) Timothy Bottoms, John Houseman, Lindsay Wagner

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wOUMd3bMRI

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: gumbypiz on 07/08/11 at 3:20 am

Everyone here has listed some very good choices, but surprised no one has noted "Wild In The Streets".

If there ever was a counterculture film, this is it.

Radical and inflammatory, the plot revolves around a rock singer who encourages the support of a bill to change the voting age from 21 to 18 (which really passed), then a supporting bill that passes to change the voting age and age to be eligible for political office to be 14!

Imagine a government taken over by 14 year olds and the threat to the 35 and over "establishment".  :o

It all gets very twisted from there, with a mandatory retirement age of 30, like some sort of Logan's Run for politicians.

Worth a watch if only for he wild plot outline and the amazing cast of people that show up in the film from Richard Pryor, Shelly Winters, Hal Holbrook, to even Greg "Barry Williams" from the Brady Bunch, lots of odd cameos...

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 07/09/11 at 11:25 pm

Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Harold and Maude (1971)

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: Tia on 08/09/11 at 6:11 am

zabriskie point, man!

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: Mushroom on 10/15/11 at 5:55 am

You should look into the movie Head.

Often put down as "The Monkees Movie", I assure you that what you see this time is not the cute harmless kids of the TV series.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdyL-kxwTgk

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: hot_wax on 10/18/11 at 11:10 pm

All the movies you guys listed are basically the dark side of the counterculture, but coming out of the 50's into the 60's, I think, were movies on the soft side of the counterculture. In the USA, in the 60's, there were movies that couldn't be accepted by the 50's standards, "Teenage" sex and the nudity. those subjects was being introduced more and more in the early 60's movies into our society. Those 60's Beach Party movies were light  and soft but all the girls were romping around in bikini's suggesting that sexy girls were sex objects for potential romps in the hay and it was OK! Movies like those were slowly braking down the uptight Victorian thinking of our culture of the times. There were many of them, even those James Bond movies had sex overtones "Pussy Glore" was a teenage boy's fantacy maybe "Gold Finger"was your's. A little suggestive names and titles that were accepted in the 60's but would have had been burnt in the town squares in the 50's. Maybe you know more titles, but those light sexy one in the early 60's lead into the more soft porn in the late 60's. All counterculture as I see it.   

Subject: Re: Looking for a good counterculture film

Written By: Tia on 10/19/11 at 8:36 am

^ i dunno, i sorta buy it but i mostly don't. the beach party movies, the kids were mostly apathetic politically, fairly entitled, upper middle class hedonists in that transition between high school and college. in a lot of ways they were the opposite of the counterculture, pretty much establishment, though you rarely ever saw the parents at all.

a long-forgotten counterculture actress... linda gillen! i actually traded a few emails with her about a year ago based on a review i did of one of her movies. she was in this thing with don johnson...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2P6IC7VMYQ

she was also in a very hippy-dippy short called "Why" with oj simpson back in 1973. there's a clip of it on youtube somewhere but i can't find it. all super-obscure stuff nowadays.

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