The Trip (1967 USA) Cert. 18 – Summer of Love screening

Director: Roger Corman    
Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper

“If you remember the 60s, you really weren’t there.”  (Charlie Fleischer, 1982)

Well, I was there and I DO remember the 60s (well, some of it), but I don’t remember The Trip.  There is, of course, a very good reason for that – the BBFC denied this “definitive advert for acid” (Time Out) a UK certification in 1967, 1971, 1980 and 1988.

Meanwhile, back to the film.  Paul Groves (Fonda) is an LA advertising director whose impending divorce from his wife (Strasberg) leads him to try LSD, guided by a bearded ‘trip sitter’ (Dern).

 

 

His resulting visions – including spectral figures on horseback, medieval torture and ladies wearing body paint – make The Trip one of the wildest depictions of 1960s counterculture you’re ever likely to see.

 

 

Corman’s visual flair, Jack Nicholson’s script and a great soundtrack (featuring The Electric Flag) ensured a major US hit, but BBFC refusals meant it was largely unseen in UK until 2002.

Plus IN Gear (1967 UK 9 mins), featuring London’s most stylish boutiques.

 

The age of the film (and its relatively late arrival in the UK) means there are no normal Reviews.  But there are a number of retrospectives out there (mostly by people who don’t remember the 60s as they were not even born then), including this from The Warning Sign 

Youtubers are not so shy, with several versions of the ‘original’  Trailer, out there: 

 

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Show starts at 7.30PM, Ticket prices: £8.00 & £6.50 (concessions)

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Latest News 20 August 2017

Following our short break, we opened for business again on Saturday with a special screening of Reach for the Sky presented by the Kenley Revival Project.

“The Croydon Summer of Love” is represented by two very different films next week, and we also include a repeat showing of My Cousin Rachel.

This week we present two very different 1967 films for the Croydon Summer of Love Festival.  The BBFC refused to give The Trip (showing on Tuesday) a certificate until 2002, but it’s a must for anyone interested in the pop culture of the 1960s.

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Latest News 12 August 2017

We are now in the second week of our closure period, but there is plenty to look forward to on our return to business.

We have a full programme of films coming up, which is outlined in our chief programmer Philip Howard’s review which you can read here. Among these are two films showing as part of the Croydon Summer of Love season, The Trip and The Graduate. Details of these below, as well as an extra screening of the very popular Dunkirk on October 4th. Read More.

We are having our third AGM on September 21st. All are invited, and more details can be found below. Read More………….