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The Trip

USA 1967
produced by
Roger Corman for AIP
directed by Roger Corman
starring Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper, Salli Sachse, Katherine Walsh, Barboura Morris, Caren Bernsen, Dick Miller, Luana Anders, Tom Signorelli, Mitzi Hoag
written by Jack Nicholson

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Overworked tv-commercial director Paul (Peter Fonda), who doesn't even have time to properly divorce his wife (Susan Strasberg) decides to try LSD to broaden his horizon, surveilled by his friend John (Bruce Dern). His trip starts with beautiful images of a fantasy world, but soon turns to death-imagery, which forces John to temporarily pull Paul out of it. resuming his trip, Paul finds himself in a carnival netherworld where he is told to re-evaluate his whole life from his job to his love-life. Paul returns to reality again & soon thinks that he has killed John (in his imagination only), & as a result runs away (for real), first breaking into a house & making friends with a little girl before being chased of by her dad, then experiencing the wonders of a washing salon, including its only customer, a disillusioned, sarcastic middle aged single woman who has nothing better to do on a saturday night. He makes an escape though when she threatens to call the police, & his next stop is a club where the waitress (Luana Anders) takes him for what he is - stoned out of his mind. Paul makes another escape though when he believes he is pursued by the police & ends up at his friend Max's (Dennis Hopper) place where he finally learns that he didn't kill John after all ... & he meets Glenn (Salli Sachse), & spends the rest of his trip making love to her.

 

Interesting surreal film that relies largely on a non-linear narrative structure, meaning the storytelling is guided more by association than by logic, which does work to a point where those scenes set in the real world seem to be the most heavy-handed in comparison - though at least the scenes in the washing salon are pretty funny.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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