THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO
1966, MoMA, 70 min, USA, Dir: Andy Warhol

Subtitled “A Symphony of Sound,” this film captures the alternative rock quartet, plus chanteuse Nico, rehearsing together at Andy Warhol’s Factory. Consisting of one long, improvised jam (which gets stopped by New York City cops, presumably because of noise complaints), the film pulsates with wild zooms and kinetic camerawork courtesy of Paul Morrissey.


THE INNER SCAR
LA CICATRICE INTERIEURE
1972, The Film Desk, 60 min, France, Dir: Philippe Garrel

Perhaps the most striking of several collaborations between Philippe Garrel and singer-songwriter Nico (the director’s longtime lover and muse), this experimental travelogue was shot in such disparate locations as Death Valley and Iceland, and is filled with stark, dreamlike imagery. As well as appearing onscreen, Nico supplied the music to the film, much of which would appear on her "Desertshore" album.


TAKING OFF
1971, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: Milos Forman

Director Milos Forman’s first American film is a warm and hilariously subversive comedy about parents trying to cope with their runaway children. The focus is on bewildered Buck Henry and Lynn Carlin as they try to deal with daughter Linnea Heacock’s flight to Greenwich Village hippie life - and they end up expanding their consciousness as much as she does!


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