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An excellent movie about a young man who wants to find himself, very 60ies-like and good photographed. The music is also fantastic. Most of the songs come from Tim Buckley and his album Goodbye und Hello. This is one of my all-time favourite movies, an independent production from director Hall Bartlett, who later become famous with the movie Jonathan Livingston Seagual. If you love the 60ies and want to understand the feeling of this time don't miss it!
This long forgotten coming of age drama was briefly available on VHS from Prism and is now almost impossible to find. Produced, written, and directed by Hall Bartlett, Changes treads some familiar territory, but does so delicately and in interesting ways. The film features very little dialogue, with the songs of Tim Buckley dominating the soundtrack, which also features Judy Collins' pop version of Both Sides Now. Prism's tape looks great, but is sadly pan and scanned, leaving Richard Moore's gorgeous Panavision photography in less than optimal condition. Nonetheless, this is well worth a look, especially for those with a particular interest in the era, or for those who attended the Berkeley campus, where early scenes were shot. Get a look at how the Campanile, Sather Gate, and Lower Sproul looked in the late 60s! They haven't changed much since then...
Here's the sort of small, thoughtful film that's disappeared between
the mass market cracks. Unlikely to ever be released on DVD at this
point, it's probably doomed to fade as the few remaining VHS copies of
it disintegrate with time. And that's a shame, because it's actually
one of the better films about the 1960s, one that deserves to be
It's a simple enough story: Kent, a typical young man of that time, sets out on the road, confused by the turmoil of his world, as well as by his own inner turmoil. He's looking for answers, for something that makes sense, and doesn't know where or how to find it. He needs to mature, and he knows it, but he still lacks the self-knowledge & direction to truly commit himself to something. So in that regard, it's not just a 1960s film, but one for any time.
Many films about the 1960s, even good ones, have a tendency to overdo things. Films from that time were usually made by outsiders looking in -- and however sympathetic & well-intentioned, they were still outsiders. More recent films too often depend on the same handful of superficial media clichés & basic 20-song soundtrack, laying on the grooviness with a trowel, striving for the look but completely missing the substance.
"Changes" is something different. The countercultural elements are both sparse & realistic, fully integrated into the story. The hippie friend comes across as a real person, not someone playacting -- or overacting. And the flashbacks with Kent's father (Jack Albertson) are convincingly individual, informed by the generation gap but not having to embody its immense burden. These are people first, living in their times, not awkward symbols masquerading as human beings.
Kent's temporary relationship with a slightly older, more worldly-wise young woman brings his life into focus. Again, this is treated as a love story between individuals, touched by the counterculture of the time, but not fully involved in it. This was the case for millions of young men & women then -- not everyone wore tie-dyed clothes & painted his or her face while grappling with some very big, very difficult questions. Sadly, the fashions are remembered (and all too easily ridiculed), while the questions are neglected & forgotten.
If there's anything that might keep this film alive, it's the soundtrack by Tim Buckley. As listeners not even born until long after Buckley's untimely death discover his work, there may be a new audience for this sensitive, moving film. Yes, it has some flaws & is far from perfect -- but it's an honest, intelligent, moving effort. At the very least, I intend to transfer it from VHS to homemade DVD as soon as possible. At the same time, I still hope for an official DVD release. If those times are to be remembered clearly & truthfully, then works such as this must be preserved. Most highly recommended!
While there's a lot about this film I can criticize; the low budget
limitations, the badly dubbed dialogue (sections, not all through), and
some pretentious, badly dated elements, it's one of the more
interesting, beguiling films about being young and a sort-of rebel in
the 60s I've seen.
More poetic than plot driven, with a minimum of dialogue, a young man goes on the road to find himself, and to forget a girlfriend who killed herself when he couldn't commit. He sees the country and has a fairly complex romance with a sexy southern woman a little older than himself.
A quiet, thoughtful film, with great songs (mostly by Tim Buckley). I kept wanting to dismiss this, but found I couldn't. Reviews from the time (a rave in The New York Times), talk about how great the widescreen photography is. Sadly, its only available on a murky 4:3 VHS transfer, and even that is very hard to find.
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