Documentary about the social/political/cultural scene in Los Angeles, and especially Hollywood, in the mid to late '60s.

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Credited cast:
Margaretta Ramsey ...
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Dale Davis ...
Himself - Surfing Film Producer
Theodore Charach ...
Himself
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Himself - Clinical Psychologist (as Richard Alpert)
Valerie Porter ...
Herself - Sculptress
Jay Sebring ...
Himself - Hair Stylist
Carazini ...
Himself - Fire Eater
Rudi Gernreich ...
Himself - Clothes Designer
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Bobby Beausoleil ...
Himself - Cupid
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Gypsy Boots ...
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Carol Cole ...
Herself - Princess of the Month
Coleman Francis ...
Himself - Newscast Narration
Carl Franzoni ...
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Long considered a cult classic, "Mondo Hollywood" captures the underside of Hollywood by documenting a moment in time (1965-67), when an inquisitive trust in the unknown was paramount, hope for the future was tangible and life was worth living on the fringe. An interior monologue narrative approach is used throughout the film, where each principal person shown not only decided on what they wanted to be filmed doing, but also narrated their own scenes. The film opens with Gypsy Boots (the original hippie vegan - desert hopping blender salesman), and stripper Jennie Lee, working out 'Watusi-style' beneath the 'Hollywood' sign -- leading into the 'sustainable community' insight of Lewis Beach Marvin III, the S&H Green Stamp heir, who lived in a $10 a month garage while owning a mountain retreat in Malibu. Written by alfiehitchie

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Cohen's documentary was so low-key and budgeted that he would have an agreement with the studios night watchman to use the studio in between the hours of 12 to 8am because most studios were not open during those times. See more »

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Features Torn Curtain (1966) See more »

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Mondo Hollywood (City Of Dreams)
Music by Mike Curb, Lyrics by Robert Carl Cohen
Performed by The Mugwump Establishment
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12-step cure for Sixties nostalgia
10 August 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Mondo Hollywood is a magnificent display of Sixties self-indulgence. Timothy Leary wannabees, rootless rich kids, druggies and thrill-seekers join to make Hollywood seem like the center of the cultural universe. Too bad it's only in their addled minds.

For those who want to see footage of Jay Sebring, Manson victim, and Bobby Beausoleil, Manson family member and killer, well, look quick or you'll miss them.

There's some skin showing for fans of frumpy, dumpy, uninspiring women, and footage of Jayne Mansfield near the end of her troubled life.

There's even footage of a Ronald Reagan speech, just to cover the entire spectrum.

Oh, and if you love tedious untalented rock 'n roll, this is your flick.


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