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Spirit of '69

Spirit of '69

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Amidst the political and cultural upheaval of one of the most tumultuous moments in the 20th century, filmmaking flourished as an effort to encapsulate and depict the hopes, fears and creativity of a newly changing society. A war was on in southeast Asia, drug use had moved from the counterculture and into the mainstream, rock ‘n’ roll pushed new boundaries and became a progressive tool for change, humans first stepped foot on the Moon, and an entire generation pushed back against suffocating traditional American values. Old Hollywood’s formula for what audiences wanted was faltering. And, in response, young filmmakers were given freedom—and budgets—to create deeply personal works of art that addressed the issues that the Hollywood establishment couldn’t seem to wrap its head around. This cinematic bounty delivers a rich, and still timely, snapshot of the revolutionary moment that was 1969—through the lens of a group of unencumbered artists seeking to push film in completely new, intimate, and contemporary directions. On the 50th anniversary of this remarkable moment, we celebrate with a wide-sweeping retrospective of films that reflect the spirit of ‘69.


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Recent college graduate Stefan hitchhikes from Germany to Paris where he meets Estelle, an enigmatic, free-spirited American. He chases her to Ibiza where she introduces him to an idyllic island lifestyle that quickly disintegrates with the introduction of heroin.

TARGETS

TARGETS

While making a personal appearance at a drive-in theatre, an elderly horror film star faces down his mortality and an emotionally damaged Vietnam War veteran in the midst of a killing spree. TARGETS marks the bittersweet swan song of one of classic Hollywood’s most recognizable actors, Boris Karloff.

MR. FREEDOM

MR. FREEDOM

A crass American patriot superhero arrogantly combats lefty freethinkers in the name of freedom, destroying anything and everyone to prevent Communists from taking over America’s foreign interests. 35mm print courtesy of Walker Art Center’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection.

HEAD

HEAD

Co-written by Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson during a substance-fueled brainstorming session with The Monkees, HEAD is a uniquely American anti-war satire, juxtaposing the quartet’s endearing levity against the dark heart of the Vietnam War.

MEDIUM COOL

MEDIUM COOL

A TV news reporter finds himself becoming personally involved in the violence that erupts around the 1968 Democratic National Convention. 35mm print courtesy of Academy Film Archive

WOODSTOCK

WOODSTOCK

Travel back to the summer of ‘69 and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the monumental three-day rock festival with a screening of the 25th anniversary director’s cut, replete with an additional 40 minutes of performances by Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat and Janis Joplin.

MIDNIGHT COWBOY

MIDNIGHT COWBOY

An ailing con artist and a wide-eyed Texas hustler band together to survive the mean streets of New York.

FOR ALL MANKIND

FOR ALL MANKIND

A testament to NASA’s remarkable Apollo program, the film was composited from pristine film and audio materials archived at the Johnson Space Center—resulting in an intimate and artful document of America’s earliest moon expeditions.

APOLLO 11

APOLLO 11

A cinematic event 50 years in the making, APOLLO 11 features never before seen large format footage of the mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. A journey that should only be experienced on the big screen.

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