An Art House Turkey and Pink Floyd

In 1966 Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni made Blow-Up, which was set in swinging London and which made a bundle, in addition to getting a lot of subsequent attention by proto post-modernists academic scribblers writing in cutesy journals like Cahiers du Cinena. Interrogating the nature of reality sort of stuff.

Four years later, after two years in the making and a budget which would buy you an average-sized middle European country, he produced Zabriskie Point.

Young, in lust and ready to off some Pigs. And it was a maximum turkey from day one, with possibly its only redeeming factor being its setting in Death Valley.

Zabriskie Point in Death Valley.

You can read the liner notes on the recently released two CD soundtrack of the movie HERE, and they are well worth the effort. Long and detailed account with some nice trivia.

Mark Frechette our wannabe campus cop killer got a little too much into his character, went on to bank robbery and ended up in the Big House for an extended period. The acting career of his female associate, the hottie Daria Halprin’s film career died on the vine, so she then made a questionable career choice and married Dennis Hopper. The great Australian actor Rod Taylor turned in credible performance as a real estate tycoon (ie fascist representative of the Establishment and the epitome of all that the Weathermen found objectionable in late sixties AmeriKa). No doubt Taylor put his considerable fee to good use and spent it on booze.

This brings me to the recently released sound track with a bonus CD of outtakes containing a ton of Pink Floyd (just after Syd Barret was replaced by David Gilmore), Jerry Garcia, Kaleidoscope, white bread sweetheart Patti Page, The Youngbloods and the founder of Takoma Records and all round composer-guitarist brilliance John Fahey.

Good stuff to revisit (last night in fact) especially after my original vinyl copy was lost eons ago in some hippie commune. And Mike will be pleased to know that I am revising my Pink Floyd views, but only in relation to this particular period of the band’s evolution. Queen however will never enjoy such a dispensation, even it they had provided the sound track for Citizen Kane.

3 Responses to “An Art House Turkey and Pink Floyd”

  1. That pathetic drunkard Says:

    G’day Osbourne, Nice to see you softening up a bit on Pink Floyd. Not before time I say. You could have listened to that album at my place had you asked. I also have the movie on disk and cannot for the life of me see the point of having gone to the trouble of making it. The slow/mo exploding house is about the only thing going for it.

  2. bucketoftongues Says:

    I’ve never seen Zabriskie Point, but have just downloaded Blow Up – might as well see what the fuss is about. Also early post-Syd Floyd features some mighty fine music – the live side of Umma Gumma is magnificent (the studio side, not so much), Atom Heart Mother’s title track is a great colourful jumble of nothing in particular and also have “Fat Old Sun” and “If”, while “Saucerful of Secrets” has numerous great moments (though you could easily argue that “Set The Contols” and “Saucerful” are better on Umma Gumma).

  3. kingtubby1 Says:

    Mike. While you are entering the time capsule, you might as well also download If by Lindsay Anderson, which has three scenes I really enjoy.

    And if you lust after the Jane Asher type, Deep End.

    I expect full reviews, okay.

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