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Counterculture

Unconventional appearance, music, drugs, communitarian experiments, and sexual liberation were hallmarks of the sixties counterculture, most of whose members were white, middle-class young Americans. To some Americans, these attributes reflected American ideals of free speech, equality, and pursuit of happiness. Other people saw the counterculture as self-indulgent, pointlessly rebellious, unpatriotic, and destructive of America's moral order. Authorities banned the psychedelic drug LSD, restricted political gatherings, and tried to enforce bans on what they considered obscenity in books, music, theatre, and other media. Parents argued with their children and worried about their safety. Some adults accepted elements of the counterculture, while others became estranged from sons and daughters.

1969 (1988)

Director: Ernest Thompson
Starring: Bruce Dern, Joanna Cassidy, Kiefer Sutherland, Mariette Hartley, Robert Downey J...

Scott and Ralph (Kiefer Sutherland and Robert Downey Jr), two small-town class-of-'67 high school graduates, venture off to college to sow some wild o... Read more

A Technicolor Dream (2008)

Director: Stephen Gammond
Starring: Roger Waters, Nick Mason

This documentary revisits the events that led up to "The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream" on April 29th, 1967, 'a musical happening' at Alexandra Palace tha... Read more

Across the Universe (2007)

Director: Julie Taymor
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy, T...

A revolutionary rock musical, performed by the cast and inspired by the songs of The Beatles, that re-imagines America in the turbulent late 1960s, a... Read more

Across the Universe ( Blu-ray ) (2007)

Director: Julie Taymor
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy, T...

A revolutionary rock musical, performed by the cast and inspired by the songs of The Beatles, that re-imagines America in the turbulent late 1960s, a... Read more

Alice's Restaurant (1969)

Director: Arthur Penn
Starring: Arlo Guthrie, Pat Quinn, James Broderick

You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant in this classic slice of 60s life, featuring troubadour Arlo Guthrie in his only major film appear... Read more

Almost Famous (2000)

Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Billy Crudup, Peter Frampton, Patrick Fugit, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kate Hudson...

Former rock critic Cameron Crowe delves into the past with this affectionate story centering on high school student Patrick Fugit, who aspires to cove... Read more

Almost Famous: The Bootleg Edition ( Blu-ray ) (2000)

Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Anna Paq...

Former rock critic Cameron Crowe delves into the past with this affectionate story centering on high school student Patrick Fugit, who aspires to cove... Read more

American Swing (2008)

Director: Jon Hart, Matthew Kaufman

In 1970s New York, Plato's Retreat was an epicentre of sensual excess. The renowned sex club was a thriving destination for patrons who wanted to leav... Read more

Andy Warhol's Factory People (2008)

Director: Catherine Schorr O'Sullivan
Starring: Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Mary Woronov, Billy Name

In 1964, Andy Warhol took up residence in an abandoned hat factory in Manhattan's East Side and turned it into a hotbed of music, art, filmmaking and... Read more

Basquiat (1996)

Director: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Claire Forlani, Willem...

Jeffrey Wright is mesmerising in this true story as Jean-Michel Basquiat, a poor Haitian-American graffiti artist who rapidly ascends New York's raref... Read more