Monday, 19 March 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 86: Tue Mar 27

Head (Rafelson, 1968): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45pm

Prince Charles Cinema are presenting this 50th anniversary screening of this extraordinary film.

Time Out film review:
Bob Rafelson's first feature, made when Monkee mania had all but died, Head proved too experimental for the diminishing weenybop audience which had lapped up the ingenious TV series. It flopped dismally in the US, and only achieved belated release here. Despite obviously dated aspects like clumsy psychedelic effects and some turgid slapstick sequences, the film is still remarkably vital and entertaining. Rafelson (who helped to create the group), together with Jack Nicholson (co-writer and co-producer), increased the TV show's picaresque tempo while also adding more adult, sardonic touches. The calculated manipulation behind the phenomenon is exposed at the start, when the Monkees metaphorically commit suicide. The typical zany humour is intercut with harsher political footage and satire on established genres of American cinema, exploding many a sacred cow into the bargain.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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