Friday, 2 December 2011

THE TRIP 1967


The Trip is a cult film released by American International Pictures, directed by Roger Corman, written by Jack Nicholson, and shot on location in and around Los Angeles, including on top of Kirkwood in Laurel Canyon, Hollywood Hills, and near Big Sur, California in 1966. Peter Fonda stars as a young television commercial director, Paul Groves.

In this drama, Paul Groves (Peter Fonda) takes his first dose of LSD while experiencing the heartbreak and ambivalence of divorce from his beautiful but adulterous wife, played by Susan Strasberg. He starts his trip with a "guide," John (Bruce Dern), but runs away and abandons out of fear.
As Paul experiences his trip, he wanders around the Sunset Strip, into nightclubs, and the homes of strangers and acquaintances. He considers the roles played by commercialism, sex, the role of women in his life. He meets a young woman, Glenn (Salli Sachse), who is interested in people who take LSD. Having learned from Paul recently that he would be taking LSD, she has been looking out for him.

Glenn drives Paul to a beach house, where they have passionate intercourse. As the sun rises, Paul steps out to the balcony to get some air. Glenn asks him whether his first LSD experience was constructive. Paul defers his answer to "tomorrow." His face is frozen in close-up, and his image cracks like glass through an animation special effect.

The Trip also features Dennis Hopper as Groves' dealer Max, who appears here with Fonda in a precursor role to Easy Rider (1969). Contrary to their characters in Easy Rider, though—and for obvious reasons—Fonda's Paul Groves acts paranoid and anxious in The Trip, while Hopper's Max appears calm and collected. - WikipediaOne of the greatest exploitation movies of all time, The Trip was the “vision” of Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson (who wrote the original script). The finished film didn’t turn out exactly the way Fonda and Nicholson wanted it to, but it certainly had it’s moments…all in Psychedelic Color. This, the soundtrack, was pretty cool, too. It contains the first studio recordings of the Electric Flag, Michael Bloomfield’s swaggering soul/jazz/rock ensemble. Writing and performing trippy music was a bit removed from this fine ensemble’s area (they were, in fact, a serious and funky band), but they succeeded admirably.

Considering that it came out on Mike Curb’s Sidewalk Records (a Capitol subsidiary) and it was an American International film, one wonders if the Flag saw any dough from this? No matter, as some of the music is excellent. “Fine Jug Thing” and “Peter Gets Off” are wild, jazzy rockers, which perfectly score Fonda’s Sunset Strip/trip adventures. The album’s closer, “Gettin’ Hard,” is a variation on “Hoochie Coochie Man” and closes the album out in funky style. Also, there are a few early efforts from synthesizer pioneer Paul Beaver, such as “Synesthesia,” which is quite similar to David Bowie’s work on the Man Who Fell to Earth/Low projects — eight years later. (Matthew Greenwald, All Music Guide)

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