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Chappaqua (1966)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 March 1967 (Sweden)
Semi-autobiographical story of Conrad Rooks, who travels to France to undergo a drug-withdrawal cure. Flashbacks to the beginings of psychedelia in San Fran.

Director:

Conrad Rooks

Writer:

Conrad Rooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Louis Barrault ... Dr. Benoit
Conrad Rooks Conrad Rooks ... Russel Harwick
William S. Burroughs ... Opium Jones
Allen Ginsberg ... Messiah
Ravi Shankar ... Sun God
Paula Pritchett Paula Pritchett ... Water Woman
Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman ... Peyote Eater
Swami Satchidananda ... The Guru
Moondog Moondog ... The Prophet
Jill Lator Jill Lator ... Sacrificed One
John Esam John Esam ... The Connection
Ed Sanders Ed Sanders ... The Fugs
Rita Renoir Rita Renoir
Penny Brown
Jacques Seiler Jacques Seiler
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Semi-autobiographical story of Conrad Rooks, who travels to France to undergo a drug-withdrawal cure. Flashbacks to the beginings of psychedelia in San Fran. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Winkler Film

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1967 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

チャパクア See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Minotaur See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Burroughs' novel The Naked Lunch was at this time, in the early 60's, one of the most scandalous and debated books around. Since Conrad Rooks had money to spend he was actually the first one to buy the movie rights for the book. Initially it was that book he wanted to make a movie of, in order to illustrate the state he'd been in during his years of drug abuse. But at that time, no film studio would touch it. But Chappaqua was as close as Rooks could get to Naked Lunch. See more »

Connections

References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

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Substantially better than I expected
31 August 2006 | by roarshockSee all my reviews

Unlike most movies which try to illustrate drug and hallucinogenic experiences by using a bunch of jarringly bizarre and heavily symbolic images randomly strung together, Chappaqua struck me as having a strange emotional continuity throughout -- that is, every odd new scene and image that appears somehow feels perfectly appropriate when it occurs. It's as if Rooks not only put together visions and sounds that evoked his actual emotions and experiences, but also managed to assemble them in the order they happened, one flowing seamlessly into the next even though there is no obvious connection between them. In fact, the film strikes me as being not so much hallucinogenic as dreamlike, another state rarely captured well on film. So this is definitely not a film for those who insist that movies should explain, clearly and completely, exactly what they're all about. But if you want a chance to ride on the meandering currents of another person's mind, then you might give this film a try.


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