They Wanted A Revolution: A 1968 Haight-Ashbury Documentary Resurfaces

They Wanted A Revolution: A 1968 Haight-Ashbury Documentary Resurfaces

The "for adults only" documentary has been digitally restored and is showing at the Anthology Film Archives this Saturday and Sunday.

The "for adults only" documentary has been digitally restored and is showing at the Anthology Film Archives this Saturday and Sunday.

Text: Christina Cacouris

Fans of the '60s are in for a treat this weekend: Revolution, a 1968 documentary capturing San Francisco's hippie counter-culture is resurfacing in a new digital treatment at the Anthology Film Archives. Originally advertised as "For adults only," the beautifully filmed and very colorful documentary is similarly stylized to Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow-Up, perhaps not coincidentally as Revolution's Jack O'Connell was mentored by the Italian filmmaker. The trailer captures the whimsy and beauty of the '60s as a young girl states: "My name is Today Louise Malone, age 20, height five-three, hobbies: reading, judo, music, dope, Haight-Ashbury, sewing, cooking, collecting fairytale books." Malone serves as the guide to the 87-minute doc, traveling around Haight-Ashbury and engaging with the local hippie culture so prevalent at the time.

See the trailer below. Revolution is screening at the Anthology Film Archives.

Credits: IMAGE COURTESY OF JACK O'CONNELL ARCHIVES

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