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BEEN DOWN SO LONG IT SEEMS LIKE UP TO ME 1971

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BEEN DOWN SO LONG IT SEEMS LIKE UP TO ME 1971
U.S. film. We think this film was made to encourage young people to graduate college, get a job, make money, and conform to the American establishment's "rules" of the late 1950s. Because the main character Gnossos Pappadapoulis, is a 20-something, beatnik-type who does none of these things and leads an unhappy life of drugs, sex, mocking conventions, and looking for an "answer" that does not exist.

Set in the late 1950s, there are plenty of cool 50s cars and a soundtrack that features Murray The "K" riffing about watching submarine races and playing old rock and roll records. Songs include: The Four Satins: "Roll Daddy Roll," "Play Something Slow." The Platters: "It Was You," "Be My Love."

"Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me" is presented as a series of chapters of a young man's college years. It's 1958 and Gnossos Pappadapoulis has just returned to America after travelling through Mexico as a college drop-out. Back on campus he considers re-enrolling but is more interesting in experiential learning than college textbooks.

He smokes pots, gets info a fight with a fraternity president after calling him a closet homosexual, and visits a former professor who offers him an intense experimental hallucinatory drug that soon launches Gnossos into a long and frightening psychedelic trip.

He meets a sweet girl who professes to be a virgin and two begin a passionate affair. Gnossos thinks he's using her, but realizes it's she who is using him when he discovers she gave him gonorrhea. So...guess that means she wasn't a virgin. He reunites with his former drug-dealing friend and agrees to smuggle marijuana out of Cuba.

Disillusioned with everything in his life, Gnossos spends his time in Havana in a drugged and drunken stupor. Filmed at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. Other soundtrack music includes: "Been Down So Long," "Little Boy Lost," "It Was You," "Down By the Riverside." Barry Primus, David Downing, Susan Tyrrell, Philip Shafer, Bruce Davison, Raul Julia, Zack Norman, Sue Holliday, Larry Albright.

Plus this bonus selection...

RFD GREENWICH VILLAGE 1969
U.S. industry film. Greenwich Village is a sanctuary of tranquility in New York City. Residents take pride in their neighborhood. The Village is quaint, yet cosmopolitan with access to a pulsating nightlife in Washington Square Park and Bleeker Street. No matter what one does in Greenwich Village, it can be done in comfortable and stylish cotton clothing. Presented by the Cotton Producers Institute.


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