The Flower Thief (1960)

Genres - Comedy, Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Sub-Genres - Absurd Comedy, Surrealist Film  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This independent film by Ron Rice finds The Flower Thief (Taylor Mead) as a homosexual beatnik who walks around San Francisco. With a stolen flower, a teddy bear and an American flag, he gets into a series of misadventures that lead him up a hill before he descends in a children's wagon. Filmed in 1959 through 1960, the incidents foreshadowed the hippie movement by several years. Claude Debussy's music is used for the soundtrack in this early counter-culture feature.

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Beatnik, escapades, slice-of-life, wanderer