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The Monkees in Head


Dir. Bob Rafelson. 1968, 86 mins. 35mm. With Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz.

Psychedelic, stream-of-conscious, and surreal, this tour-de-force captures the band The Monkees at its most hilarious—and also its most reflexive. Head manages to be utterly self-conscious and utterly nonsensical at the same time—the band, aware they are actors within a movie, attempt to break free from a dictatorial director, but find that their every action is already preordained. Filled with sight gags and slapstick drawn from the atmosphere of the delirious 1960s cultural landscape, Head offers a trenchant critique of the social climate of the period beneath its veneer of lighthearted adventure.

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