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Mondo Hollywood (1967)

Not Rated | | Documentary | July 1967 (USA)
Documentary about the social/political/cultural scene in Los Angeles, and especially Hollywood, in the mid to late '60s.

Director:

Robert Carl Cohen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Margaretta Ramsey Margaretta Ramsey ... Herself
Dale Davis Dale Davis ... Himself - Surfing Film Producer
Theodore Charach Theodore Charach ... Himself
Ram Dass ... Himself - Clinical Psychologist (as Richard Alpert)
Valerie Porter Valerie Porter ... Herself - Sculptress
Jay Sebring ... Himself - Hair Stylist
Carazini Carazini ... Himself - Fire Eater
Rudi Gernreich Rudi Gernreich ... Himself - Clothes Designer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bobby Beausoleil ... Himself - Cupid
Rodney Bingenheimer ... Himself
Jimmy Carl Black ... Himself
Gypsy Boots Gypsy Boots ... Himself
Carol Cole Carol Cole ... Herself - Princess of the Month
Coleman Francis Coleman Francis ... Himself - Newscast Narration
Carl Franzoni Carl Franzoni ... Himself
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Long considered a cult classic, "Mondo Hollywood" captures the underside of Hollywood by documenting a moment in time (1965-67), when an inquisitive trust in the unknown was paramount, hope for the future was tangible and life was worth living on the fringe. An interior monologue narrative approach is used throughout the film, where each principal person shown not only decided on what they wanted to be filmed doing, but also narrated their own scenes. The film opens with Gypsy Boots (the original hippie vegan - desert hopping blender salesman), and stripper Jennie Lee, working out 'Watusi-style' beneath the 'Hollywood' sign -- leading into the 'sustainable community' insight of Lewis Beach Marvin III, the S&H Green Stamp heir, who lived in a $10 a month garage while owning a mountain retreat in Malibu. Written by alfiehitchie

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Outshocks Any Mondo Picture Ever Made!!!! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1967 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathé)
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Trivia

Bobby Beausoleil was a member of the infamous Charles Manson family, and is serving a life sentence in prison for murder. Fellow cast member Jay Sebring was one of the victims murdered along with Sharon Tate by the Manson family at Tate's Los Angeles home in 1969. See more »

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References Dracula (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
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Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at Harriett Scott's wedding
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A Hash with Few Rewards
29 April 2019 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Overall, the movie's a mess. I don't know what other description to use. There's no structure I could detect, just a bunch of clips thrown together, some interesting, most not. A voice-over or some kind of chapter structure would have helped. Producer Cohen seems to think if he throws in enough nubile breasts at least the guys won't care. Well, it did work for me for a while, but even that eye-full got repetitious. There's also little on anti-war or free love, themes that animated much of the counter-culture, and much in evidence among Hollywood types as I recall.

One well-covered topic is the effects of LSD, a mind-altering drug then making inroads among both young and old. But then there's nothing on marijuana, also making inroads. I also like glimpses of an aging Gene Autry, cowboy hero of my youth, and the iconic Alfred Hitchcock directing Torn Curtain. Nonetheless, snapshots of the many movie celebrities come and go in an eye blink-- in fact movie magazines furnish just as much momentary glitz for those who care. At the same time, too much of the remainder also comes and goes mostly in haphazard fashion. As a frequenter of Hollywood's Strip during that era, I was certainly looking forward to more than I got. So unless you don't mind wading through an aimless travelogue for a few rewards, skip it.


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