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Mondo Mod (1967)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 25 May 1968 (Japan)
A look at the "mod" culture of the, visiting the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, going from discotheques to dirt bike competitions, surfing, karate, go-carting, political protests and pot parties.

Director:

Peter Perry Jr. (as Peter Perry)

Writer:

Sherman Greene
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Credited cast:
Humble Harve Miller Humble Harve Miller ... Himself (Narrator) (as Humble Harve)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Midget Farrelly Midget Farrelly ... Himself
Skipper Fats Skipper Fats ... Himself
Steve Gaines ... Himself
Charlie Galento Charlie Galento ... Himself
Mike Haley Mike Haley ... Himself
Paul Hunt ... Himself
Cara Peters Cara Peters ... Don's LSD Trip Dancer
Walt Phillips Walt Phillips ... Himself
William Rotsler William Rotsler ... Don - Masked Interviewee LSD User
Butch Van Artsdale Butch Van Artsdale ... Himself
Dewey Weber Dewey Weber ... Himself
Mike Weldon Mike Weldon ... Himself
Dave Willingham Dave Willingham ... Himself
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Beginning with the title song, "It's a Mod Mod World" by the Gretschmen, "Mondo Mod" explores West Hollywood, California's famous Sunset Strip in 1966. We journey from discotheques to dirt bike competitions, taking in surfing, karate, go-carting, the Hell's Angels, political protests, pot parties and all the other trappings of the Now Generation. Along the way, we're treated to priceless footage of Pandora's Box, Gazzarri's, the Whisky A Go-Go, the Fifth Estate, and countless other forgotten haunts of "the neon Neverland that the mod set calls home." Starring, according to the credits, "The Youth of the World," "Mondo Mod" features a pot-smoking, bongo-blasting finale during which these hipsters and flipsters start to strip down. Both the film's cinematographers became world-famous: Laszlo Kovacks for "Easy Rider," and Vilmos Szigmond for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Written by alfiehitchie

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Swing On The Wildest Trip Of Your Life See more »

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1968 (Japan) See more »

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Teenage Outlaws See more »

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Timely Motion Pictures See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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References Cleopatra (1917) See more »

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Mondo Mod
Performed by The Gretschmen
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Joint Review with "Hippie Revolt"
27 November 2008 | by hecklesSee all my reviews

Most of us who see this will watch the Something Weird presentation which pairs this with "Hippie Revolt."

"Mondo World" is the more miss-able of the two films. It has its moments of unintentional humor that we watch Something Weird films for, but they are few and far between. Probably the best moment is when a women is trying out a dress in a ill-lit boutique looks at the owner and says, "Could this be made any shorter?" The dress coming down to about a centimeter below her crotch. The film never defines "mod" but shows a collection of unrelated phenomena. Outside of the drug use, they might unnerve a grandmother in Kansas, but no one else. Guys with short hair on surfboards? Guys on dirtbikes? It's not a cultural revolt, it's people with a little spending money and leisure time, although the leering narrator seems to think differently. For the most part, this film seems to be the kind of second feature shown at drive-ins intended to bore people into putting away the speaker and leaving after fifteen minutes or so.

"Hippie Revolt" aka "Something's Happening" is a little more worthwhile; it at least works as a cultural document. Noteworthy in the running time: scenes of the Haight-Ashbury district of the time, which it is claimed had about one person every six square feet. I don't know if that was accurate, but the people did seem packed. The camera panned for a minute on a weekly community group seminar on how to avoid gangbangs, venereal disease, beatings and starvation, letting us know that not all was peace and consensual sex among these young, pad-crashing transients. Then the film moves to a commune called "Strawberry Fields," where it was revealed that the locals had problems with these hippies moving into the area. As no one seems to be doing anything productive, I might have problems myself. The property probably is still an outdoor slum thanks to these people. Mostly this part of the film lets us know that people zonked on drugs can sound really, really dumb. "The total presence of God and the total absence of God, it's like, the same thing," says a nubile young girl in a short dress, while a man nods in agreement; no doubt wondering how much more of this crap he will have to listen to before she will let him get into that dress.

Easily the best part of the disk is the extras. You get to see previews for sleazy, and I mean, sleazy, roughies like "Smoke and Flesh" and "The Dean's Wife." And deleted scenes from "Mondo Mod" showing nudity. (If and when you see a nice body in these extras, keep in mind: she's probably expecting her first great-grandchild right about now.) Best of all were the posters of drive-in movies shown while a voice-over used a drive-in in Greenville, SC plays. I found it amazing that two movies, "The Miracle of Birth" and "Birth of Triplets" were advertised here over and over. I didn't know 'birth films' were a genre? Either that, or obstetricians were a big part of the drive-in audience....


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