“It’s beautiful, man.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
… under the supervision of Dern’s stern but caring friend.
Other than impressively rapid-fire editing and creative in-camera techniques (earning the film a cover story in American Cinematographer), the trivia surrounding the making of this movie is perhaps its most interesting element, so I’ll list just a few items of note here (all taken from TCM’s articles):
– Nearly all the major players in this production experimented with LSD themselves prior to making it (other than straight-laced Dern).
– Location shooting spots included an L.A. club, a house in Laurel Canyon, Big Sur, Yuma, Arizona, and Big Dune, Nevada.
– The film’s budget was $300,000, but by January of 1968 it had already earned $4 million in rentals, and gross box-office sales reached ~$10 million over time.
– The most memorable effects are likely those “created by ‘liquid projectors,’ in which liquid dyes are compressed between two watch-crystal dishes, and light is shined through the crystals as they are manipulated (and the color blotches morph on-screen).”
The film’s most amusing (and believable) sequence takes place in a laundromat, when Barboura Morris’s chicken-eating housewife observes Fonda obsessing over spin cycles.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: