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Pause It: The Trip

'Pause It: The Trip'

 

 

PAUSE IT: What do you see? In the opening shot from from Roger Corman’s The Trip (1967) two lovers appear to walk on water in the center of the frame. It is a surreal image to say the least. Immediately, it commands the viewer’s attention as we suspend our disbelief. An open shot of a film, like the opening line of a novel, can play an important role in establishing the central themes and questions of a work of cinema. Pay close attention the next time you watch the opening of your favorite movie. What information does it relay? A cult classic about the search for spirituality and the use of the mind-altering substance LSD, the religious undertones are clear. The Trip from its outset establishes that it will convey its narrative thusly in the logic, imagery, and sounds of a fantastical dreamscape–There will be no limitations!

The Trip (1967)
Director: Roger Corman
Director of Photography: Archie R. Dalzell
Written by Jack Nicholson
Cast: Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Susan Strasberg, Dennis Hopper
Available From Olive Films on DVD and Blu-ray.

Pause It Archive:
Impromptu 
La belle captive
Amazing Grace
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
Extremities
Breaker! Breaker!
Beat Street
Let There Be Light
Coffy
The Night They Raided Minsky’s
The Deadly Bees
Beach Blanket Bingo
Baby It’s You

March 16, 2016

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