Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Usual Bag-isms - Trip Sequence, Savage Intruder (Donald Wolfe, 1970)

More a series of slow dissolves between several very bankable blacklight posters than a "trip sequence" per se, John Arthur Morrill's non-globular, doggedly pictorial cinematography makes it easy to dissect this into a series of potent still photographs, which cover the waterfront of paranoid, bad-acid hippie concerns & fetishes -- fascism, the death of our "natural" selves, arcane symbols, the crossroads of sex & death, ego nullification, secular apocalypse, the pitiless ecstasy of modern advertising, William Blake, space exploration, ideas of fun that no longer apply...

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