Thursday, October 14, 2004

Just for Kate

Lookie what I found. Alice's Restaurant on DVD!

From the DVD:

"It is hard to imagine a more beautiful movie" (Time Magazine) than this critically acclaimed chronicle of hippie life during the late 1960s, which garnered the acclaimed director of Bonnie and Clyde his second Oscar nomination. Based on the song by folk music troubadour Arlo Guthrie, son of the legendary "Dust Bowl" balladeer Woody Gutherie, this tribute film to "the lost generation" features memorable scenes with other folks artists like Pete Seeger, who joins Arlo in song to make a profound statement about war, protest and change.

In the late 60s, a changing social and political climate inspired a new generation to create a lifestyle outside of the mainstream. Twenty-two year old Arlo's journey to find a place for himself and his music includes a visit to his dying father in the hospital, gigs in NY and romps with his friends Alice and Ray, who run a small restaurant in Stockbridge, Ma. And when an incident at Alice's Restaurant plays a pivotal role in Arlo's avoidance of the draft, it sends him down a road that he will consider a small price to pay to keep his freedom and his beliefs.
Cinema facts:

  • The song Alice's Restaurant" is over 18 minutes long.
  • The scenes in Stockbridge, Ma. were filmed at the real church where Alice and Ray lived with their community of friends.
  • Officer Obie was portrayed by real-life Officer William Obanhein, who said, "if someone was going to make a fool out of me, it had better be me"
Tres cool! Someone buy Kate a copy of it for all her hard work here!