12/3/17 Episode 78: Revolution (1968)
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As Carl points out in this episode, director Jack O'Connell was lucky. He was at the right place at the right time. He had his cameras filming San Francisco during the fuzzy cute side of The Summer of Love. He interviewed hippies like the volunteers at The Free Store and the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic. He shot footage in the Haight-Ashbury District, Inner Sunset, the adjacent Golden Gate Park, and the nudie beach west of that.
My only complaint is that O'Connell never left the Haight. I get this was marketed and released as a exploitative cash-grab aimed for a national theater-going audience piqued by filthy hippies, but I'd had like to see the rest of the politically-active City during '67, like the Castro, Fillmore, and Chinatown Districts. Some interviews did take place elsewhere. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen spoke from where I guess had to be either a Russian Hill or North Beach outdoor bistro and Chief of Police Thomas J. Cahill talked from behind his desk.
Carl and I are joined by George D-Smith. I first read about this film from Steven Puchalski's film guide Slimetime and his Shock Cinema Magazine (subscribe today). O'Connell expanded the documentary as The Hippie Revolution (1996) and revisited hippie proxy Louise "Today" Malone. She recounted how the Summer of Love got less cute and fuzzy. Hippie Revolution is embedded after the break.