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Gold: Before Woodstock. Beyond Reality.


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In 1968, filmmaker Bob Levis led a rag-tag band of dreamers, drop outs and drug-happy darlings into the wilderness to make a movie and emerged months later with GOLD, a bizarre and beautiful journey into the mind and madness of the late 1960s - one overf


The music itself is absolutely amazing (whether it be better known acts like MC5 or slightly more forgotten acts like Beastly Times) while Wild Eye has stuck a tremendous amount of additional features on this DVD. This means that two distinct audio commentaries are present here, whether it be with those that were actually present at the filming (director Bob Levis and lead Garry Goodrow) or those that were tremendously influenced by the film (Upright Citizens Brigade). A vintage interview with Levis further fills up this bonus section, while the trailers present are integral in understanding what facets of the film were touted as important during its original theatrical run. Aside from these strong features, the film itself is a little bit of a mess. The blending together of Hippie and Western elements seems to be a little hard to swallow, while the gratuitous sex scenes seem to further destroy any semblance of narrative that may be present. The absurd actions of the different characters in the film may be interesting, but I feel that I am missing some sort of subtext while watching this film, even with the additional benefit of these commentaries and interviews. The packaging of the film is without any complaint â I simply cannot complain there. I would suggest that viewers come into the feature with an opened mind and perhaps a few additional hours to fully tease out what is going on. --Neufutur Magazine

Forget about Easy Rider, Psych-Out, and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. For an authentic dose of psychedelic sunshine, accept nothing less than the marvelously incoherent Gold: Before Woodstock. Beyond Reality. Connoisseurs of the weird, epicureans of the flesh, and archeologists of hippie lore will find infinite delights in this lost treasure from 1968. Others may see nothing but a trainload of naked freaks set loose in a forest where a handful of part-time television actors, dressed as politicians, discuss issues of public morality. The sex scenes, which run the gamut from innocent skinny-dipping to Calabanish group gropes in the mud, must have been the primary marketing lure of the film when it was finally released in London in 1972, but its more tingling pleasures are the anthropological images of hippies in their natural habitat set to hitherto unreleased music by artists that include the MC5 and David McWilliams. The screenplay which is mostly gibberish, has a few choice lines such as The kind of politician this town needs is a man who does nothing, which perfectly expresses the drop-out philosophy of non-action which might also extend to directors Bob Levis and Bill Desloge s non-involvement with dramatic sense and logic. Unlike the handful of other films that might be akin to Gold, such as Norman Mailer s Maidstone, Jim Morrison s Highway, and Robert Downey s Greaser s Palace, there is no guiding intelligence behind these amateur cameras. Not that it is all chaotic wonderment. Some sequences do have a hint of narrative ambition. At one point, the mayor is murdered after going nutso and running naked. Later, the ghost of this martyred nudist searches the town for a successor. What happens next, though, is anybody s guess, as the film spins out into spats of Guerilla Theater and topless dancing. The final reel is as close as American film has come to the freewheeling radicalism of Jean Luc Godard s Weekend. Had it been seen by anybody, perhaps the film might have brought about the death of cinema that Godard so desperately craved. --Seattle Post Globe

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  • Actors: Del Close, Caroline Parr, Garry Goodrow, Sam Ridge
  • Directors: Bob Levis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Wild Eye Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00310PSUS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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