Wild in the Streets + Short
DIRECTOR: BARRY SHEAR
CAST: SHELLEY WINTERS, CHRISTOPHER JONES, DIANE VARSI, HAL HOLBROOK, RICHARD PRYOR
Introduced by J. Hoberman
1968 / 3 mins / 35mm
“We Want the World...”: A 22-year-old rock musician dupes a pandering politician into lowering the voting age to 14, then, with a bit of LSD in the drinking water, takes power himself. AIP’s scurrilous comedy opened in the spring of 1968 and played continuously in drive-ins and grindhouse theaters throughout the year, prophesying Yippie threats, student uprisings, Chinese Red Guards and the Kent State massacre. The New York Times movie critic Renata Adler compared it favorably to The Battle of Algiers. Weekend was Jean-Luc Godard’s version of The End.
Screening in the series Everything Was Now.