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"They named a brandy after Napoleon, they made a herring out of Bismarck,and Hitler is going to end up as a piece of cheese."

 

 

USA 1969, R: Arthur Penn mit Arlo Guthrie, Patricia Queen, Michael McClanathan, 110 Min, OV

Nachdem Arlo sein sinnloses College-Studium aufgegeben hat, zieht er durch das Land bis er Alice's Restaurant in einer alten Kirche entdeckt. Ein Ort, an dem er hofft, mit Gleichgesinnten, die die bürgerliche Existenz genauso ablehnen wie er, zusammen sein zu können. „Melancholisches Kult-Roadmovie” (cinema.de)

ENGL

Director Arthur Penn’s follow-up to Bonnie and Clyde, Alice’s Restaurant was inspired by a song by folk music troubadour Arlo Guthrie. A warmhearted and endearing ramshackle salute to the idealism of the hippie movement, it allows the amiable Arlo to recreate his attempt to live apart from the mainstream. A restaurant in Massachusetts run by his friend Alice becomes a place of sanctuary and succour as Arlo tries to stay true to himself, receives his draft papers and faces the slow death of his father, the legendary Woody Guthrie. A poignant artefact of the counterculture era. This film captures the essence of late 1960’s counter-culture. “Arthur Penn, who collaborated on the screenplay with Venable Herndon, has made a sort of folk movie — wise, fantastic, technically superb (especially the color photography by Michael Nebbia), sometimes wildly funny, sometimes touching in ways that are most agreeable because they are completely unforeseen.” (Vincent Canby, The New York Times)

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