The Strawberry Statement - Stuart Hagmann




A film of 1970 on the 1968-'69 events, set in the center of the Sixties, ie at Berkeley.
Directed by Stuart Hagmann, formerly director of advertising (and you can notice it by the style adopted), and  after this film, which is of great success, but certainly not entirely acceptable to establishment and then almost disappeared. Starring Bruce Davison (him) and Kim Darby (her). Bruce Davison has been after a career primarily as an actor in TV USA.

Simon (he) is a student disengaged, he is part of a rowing team and he trains hard, while having the look of a typical intellectual, round glasses as Roger Mc Guinn and medium-length blond hair. In universities, it begins the protest of 1968, his room-mate begins to become aware of the moment before him, which remains an outside observer and skeptical at first meetings. Then he knows Linda (her), engaged to another man (but is far away or something like that) and so is the spring for an increasing commitment, to participate in occupation, take an active role in the famous long final sequence of the passive resistance against the violent eviction of the faculty run by the San Francisco police.
As many remember, the students in front of the inevitable supremacy of well-organized American police, on the advice of their leader (black) sit in a circle in the gym singing "Give Peace A Chance", the famous song of John Lennon, and continuing undeterred even when the police take them one by one.


The Soundtrack

  1. The Circle Game” - Buffy Sainte-Marie (Joni Mitchell)
  2. "Something In The Air" - Thunderclap Newman (John Keene)

  3. "Helpless" - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (Neil Young)

  4. "Our House" - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (Graham Nash)

  5. "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" - Crosby, Stills and Nash (Stephen Stills)

  6. "The Loner" - Neil Young (NY)

  7. "Down by The River" - Neil Young (NY)

  8. "Give Peace a Chance" – John Lennon (JL)

  9. "Fishin' Blues" (tradizionale)

  10. "Big Cats and Little Pussies" (Murray MacLeod)

  11. "Concerto in Re minore" (Alessandro Marcello)

  12. "Also sprach Zarathustra" (Richard Strauss)

The soundtrack coincides with the real soundtrack of those years, and contains some of the most significant songs of the late 60s, mainly by West Coast musicians, used both as a voiceover, either directly in the movie (the scene in the record store in which he and she listen to a song using the same headphones).
Give Peace A Chance is a quite incorrect choice for the final song sung together, if the story is intended to be in 1968, being the song of 1969.


Songs About Revolution


Also in this movie is present a sort of anthem of '68, "Something In The Air", a song of a group not very well known, Thunderclap Newman, where they spoke of revolution, but not taking distances by it, as in the famous song Revolution of The Beatles, published only two years before.
The Thunderclap Newman spoke far more concrete in terms of something that was in the air, the spirit of the revolution. A few others made so direct statements in the Anglo-Saxon music, apart from Lennon in the '70s.

The Rolling Stones shortly after the Beatles song Revolution released Street Fighting Man, but it was an isolated incident of their discography, perhaps written more to counter rivals Beatles than for real
"politician." conviction.

The other big "subversives", The Jefferson Airplane, for a while spoke only of "travels" in parallel worlds, apparently with some synthetic help (see their classic '67 White Rabbit, inspired by "Alice in Wonderland" ) then came to sing their revolution with Volunteers (included in the homonymous album of '69, published in November, then a few months after their successful participation in Woodstock) and even in the most radical way a few years later, in '71, when it were already The Jefferson Starship, with Blows Against Empire.


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