Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
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Oscar® winning director Alex Gibney presents a probing look into the uncanny life of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson inventor of gonzo journalism and author of the landmark Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Accompanied by an iconic soundtrack, this fast moving, wildly entertaining film addresses the major touchstones in Thompson s life from his intense and ill fated relationship with the Hell s Angels to his deep involvement in Senator George McGovern s 1972 presidential election.
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Complements a re-read of Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 and serves a prep and comfort to current times.
I purchased the video after learning I couldn't find the streaming source.
Go ahead, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."
HST was a real outlaw in a time of great change for America. His works will always be remembered and this documentary is a good overview of his great and early works. While it gets a little vague after Campaign Trail 72' it touches on his later works but the latter half is more so about Hunter himself. That eventually what he found was that America was slowly killing itself. The film ends on a real quick note after that, but the substance of his early work and the footage from 72' is real gold. You learn a lot about Hunter in those early years. Full of the rage and on that pure gonzo journalist edge.
If you enjoyed this movie, or HST at all I recommend "Breakfast with hunter" and other related works. A good portion of the HST footage is from these films and if you own this, you should pick up Breakfast as well. It's a film for the HST elite or anyone looking to know more about Hunter S. Thompson. If your looking for a good documentary on Hunter S. Thompson this is a great one to pick up. Well made, some good footage and a good summary of the doctors life.
"Buy the ticket, take the ride."
Excellent exposure also to Hunter S Thompsons key creative counterparts, such as Ralph Steadman with insight into how they knew the man. At times whilst watching this, it feels a little like Hunter is back with you to some degree. His legend lives on. Other interesting elements are well known politicians from conservative areas of American politics admitting they genuinely liked the man, despite his destruction he brought to the images they aspired to project into American politics.
If you like Hunter S Thompson this should be on your DVD shelf.