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Chappaqua (1966)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 March 1967 (Sweden)
Semi-autobiographical story of Conrad Rooks, who travels to France to undergo a drug-withdrawal cure. Flashbacks to the beginings of psychedelia in San Fran.

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Conrad Rooks

Writer:

Conrad Rooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Barrault ... Dr. Benoit
Conrad Rooks Conrad Rooks ... Russel Harwick
William S. Burroughs ... Opium Jones
Allen Ginsberg ... Messiah
Ravi Shankar ... Sun God
Paula Pritchett Paula Pritchett ... Water Woman
Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman ... Peyote Eater
Swami Satchidananda ... The Guru
Moondog Moondog ... The Prophet
Jill Lator Jill Lator ... Sacrificed One
John Esam John Esam ... The Connection
Ed Sanders Ed Sanders ... The Fugs
Rita Renoir Rita Renoir
Penny Brown
Jacques Seiler Jacques Seiler
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Semi-autobiographical story of Conrad Rooks, who travels to France to undergo a drug-withdrawal cure. Flashbacks to the beginings of psychedelia in San Fran. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Winkler Film

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1967 (Sweden) See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Production Co:

Minotaur See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Burroughs' novel The Naked Lunch was at this time, in the early 60's, one of the most scandalous and debated books around. Since Conrad Rooks had money to spend he was actually the first one to buy the movie rights for the book. Initially it was that book he wanted to make a movie of, in order to illustrate the state he'd been in during his years of drug abuse. But at that time, no film studio would touch it. But Chappaqua was as close as Rooks could get to Naked Lunch. See more »

Connections

References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

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It's films like this that give the 60s a bad name ...
7 November 1998 | by quahogSee all my reviews

Pretentious, self-indulgent swill. The fictionalised autobiography of a poor little rich boy who goes into rehab, occasioning a plotless -- and pointless -- series of increasingly trite hallucinations. In addition to writing and directing (to the extent the film can be considered to have been written or directed at all), Rooks also stars, contributing a stiff, somnambulistic performance that, like some kind of thespic black hole, sucks the life out of every scene in which he appears. Still, to his credit, he WAS able to corral a pretty impressive bunch of collaborators into abetting him in bringing this piffle to the screen (cinematographers robert frank and eugene schufftan, musicians ornette coleman, ravi shankar, the fugs, and philip glass, hipster icons like william burroughs, alan ginsberg, moondog, and so on), which does give it a certain curiosity value. Neverthess, despite some striking photography and music, the film dates very badly, coming off as a shapeless compendium of off-the-rack "avant-garde" cliches, hackneyed visual gimmickry, and ponderously boneheaded navel-gazing by someone too vapidly irreflective and self-absorbed to realise that it's all been done before -- and better.


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