Chappaqua (1966)

The bizarre hallucinations of a heroin addict in withdrawal provide the basis for this unstructured, autobiographical film by director Conrad Rooks. It begins as he arrives strung-out in Paris for a sleep-cure. As the strange visions begin, the story jumps haphazardly between reality and his dream-world memories of growing up in Chappaqua, New York. The score was composed and played by sitarist Ravi Shankar.

1966 Venice Film Festival – Winner Special Jury Prize.
1966 Venice Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Lion.

Director: Conrad Rooks.
Stars: Jean-Louis Barrault, Conrad Rooks, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Paula Pritchett, Ornette Coleman, Swami Satchidananda, Moondog, Jill Lator, John Esam, Ed Sanders.

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  1. Gerhard
    October 30, 2019
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    A cinematic ride that left me breathless. Music score is sublime.

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