The Hippie Revolt (1967)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Propaganda Film, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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This documentary is an exploitation film aimed at further alarming middle-class Americans about hippies. No real insight is given into the reasons hippies adopted the alternative lifestyle, as the camera focuses on enclaves in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and a rural commune dubbed Strawberry Fields. Psychedelic dance rituals, drug use, body painting, and incoherent babbling of the hippies sensationalize instead of educate as to the reasons so much of the youth of the world is involved in the counterculture. The visit to the commune could have been revealing, but the round table philosophical discussion only adds to the confusion and offers no illumination. The political, economic, and social relevance of the movement remains unexplained.

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alternative-lifestyle, commune, counter-culture, drugs, hippie, movement [social change], psychedelic