Complete list. :-(
Let the sun shine in!
Claude heads to New York upon receiving his draft notice, leaving the family ranch in Oklahoma. He arrives in New York where he is rapidly indoctrinated into the youth subculture before reporting in for boot camp.
My Ex's favourite movie. This is not why we broke up, but it should have been.
Although the final song is EPIC!.
Well, at least I now can get a better understanding of what the end of The 40-Year-Old Virgin was referencing. A few solid songs and sequences in this (Age of Aquarius/title song/ending), and solidly made, but not my thing overall. Interesting from a time capsule point of view. Could have used a stronger/more memorable cast. Looking at the date of release, Hair is actually a period piece, not being made in the moment of actual hippydom. The play was written closer to the actual movement, but 1979 seems a little late for this film. It's not like, say, Easy Rider, that came out right during the time of the counterculture. Interesting choice for Milos Foreman after the great One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (and right before the also great Amadeus).
Watching this right now, today, for the first time makes it clear that the relevance for HAIR has long since passed. The songs you know are fine, but the rest just sound like a laundry list of synonyms for whatever hippie bullshit they're singing about at that particular moment. The core story is fine, it's just the way they go about it that's dated and borderline unwatchable.
Assim se faz um musical, gente.
On his way to Vietnam, midwesterner Claude lets himself be seduced by a company of New York hippies. Film adaptation of the hit 1968 musical was shot at the end of a decade when hardly anyone hoped for an Age of Aquarius anymore - which might explain why it still works so well to this day. Forman's nervous editing and camerawork find a miraculous balance between realism and allegory, allowing the film to carve hearts into its petrified dream.
Watched at Home on Netflix DVD
'Aquarius' soloist: When the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planet and love will steer the stars. This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius.
Woof, Hud, Berger: Oh say, can you see my eyes? If you can, then my hair's too short.
Hair is a trip - a drug-fueled trip back to the time when hippies wanted to "Make Love, Not War". It's a cause I can get behind, but Hair undermines this cause by showing us a group of the most unlikable hippies who preach about social justice, but are too lost in the haze to really care about it.
The hits are all here, hits made widely popular by The 5th Dimension ("Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"), The Cowsills ("Hair") and Three Dog Night ("Easy to Be Hard"). And then there's "Colored Spade", "Sodomy", "Black Boys" and "White Boys". Not sure why those didn't make it to the radio.
Whatever this movie lacks is pretty much made up for in the final moments. Men in uniform march into the dark belly of the beast... marching to their deaths... leaving their loved ones left behind to sing "Let the Sunshine In". I actually got goosebumps.
Loved this as a kid. I guess I see some of the flaws in it now but still most of it is pretty entertaining.
This 1979 film seems dated, unlike the recent stage revival. The songs are fine and most are well sung by a good cast. Perhaps to make the characters less threatening, the hippies' rough edges are softened, often into comedy relief which lessen their impact. When the counter-culture group crashes an upscale party and Berger (Treat Williams) dances on a table, no dishes get broken in a scene staged like a routine sit-com, like many of the non-musical scenes. The police horses even dance during another song. Only the Central Park rally and the final scene have a strong impact.
Directed by Milos Forman, with Treat Williams, John Savage, Norma from ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, and a particularly horrible fellow whose striking resemblance to Jackie Rogers, Jr. will haunt your nightmares. "Unwatchable" would be a mild word for this movie, but it has its terrible fascination, like many an elaborately mounted display of utter cluelessness. It may be that, just as no one did more than Jack Webb to caricature the LAPD as an alien race of angry robots trying to inflict the social mores of 1948 on a helpless citizenry, only a Czech emigre director and his cast of forward-thinking, eager young actors and rock-music professionals working during the midpoint of the Jimmy Carter administration could have created…
Let the sunshine in...
All the characters are kind of the worst, but the choreography is so so good. Still.. They probably shouldn't have made this a movie. "Easy To Be Hard" is the best, but wish "Frank Mills" was included.
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