Late 1960s, Greenwich Village. Lilly is a young Californian who came to New York to experience the full force of the hippie revolution. She explores the streets of the metropolis, camera in hand, a wreath in her hair. But Lilly will quickly realize that the city and the people she meets are not as benevolent as she imagined...
Shot by Morris Engel after his famous New York trilogy at a time when the flower power revolution was in full swing, I Need A Ride to California is a remarkable testimony to New York at the end of the 1960s. For its first color fiction , the filmmaker is inspired by the climate of sexual liberation and social unrest, as well as by psychedelic fashion, to sign a complex, sometimes raw portrait of a young girl let loose in the Manhattan of the counter-culture. A rare and precious work, available worldwide in its restored 4K version!
I NEED A RIDE TO CALIFORNIA by Morris Engel (1968 - Colors - 80 mn) New 4K Restoration
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. 2 SHORT FILMS BY MORRIS ENGEL
. PEACE IS (1968 – Colors – 11 mins – HD) As the end-of-year celebrations approach, a girl and a boy belonging to the hippie movement stroll through the streets of New York where an ephemeral joie de vivre reigns. What if the Christmas truce could last all year?
. THE FARM THEY WON (1951 – B&W – 10 mins – HD) The daily life of a family of pioneers of the last hour, the Powers couple and their three children, who will be able to acquire their land in southern Idaho thanks to the Homestead Act...
. 3 ADVERTISEMENTS: OREO (1 min – HD) / IVORY (1 min – HD) / FAB (1 min – HD) Three advertisements filmed in the early 1960s by Morris Engel, including one for Oreo cookies which was awarded at the American TV Commercial Awards in 1962.