Out Loud! 2013: The Sixties | Offscreen
Sound waves and flickering images on the roof. That’s what the Beursschouwburg is all about in June! This year, the OUT LOUD film series is all about the Swinging Sixties. It was a groovy decade and a turbulent one too: decolonization, emancipation, civil rights movements, Vietnam, make love not war & blow your mind,... Eight special music and concert films will give you a kaleidoscopic view of the 1960s, with folk, pop and rock‘n’roll forming the soundtrack of a new generation.
In cinematic images we travel back to a beautiful June weekend in 1967. At the high point of the ‘Summer of Love’, the Monterey International Pop Festival heralded a new era of rock ‘n’ roll, peace & love. Monterey launched the career of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding, and gave The Mamas and the Papas, The Who, High Masekela and Ravi Shankar an international podium.
From Jimi Hendrix and Ravi Shankar (in Monterey Pop) we now move on to Bob Dylan. Director Pennebaker’s ‘fly-on-the-wall’ portrait is both a classic rock documentary and an essential artefact of 20th-century popular culture. Pennebaker zooms in on the phenomenon of Dylan during a British tour in 1965: a strange extraterrestrial visitor in the context of mid-60s England.
The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 was filmed just a few weeks after the Stones climbed the charts to number one with (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. The film captures the band at the moment of their transformation from a popular rhythm & blues cover band into a world-famous rock group.
In 1967, director Pierre Koralnik created Anna for French TV, combining Jean-Luc Godard’s playful New Wave with Jacques Demy's colourful musical romanticism (Les parapluies de Cherbourg). The result is a fascinating and slightly absurdist look at the pre-1968 pop culture and zeitgeist of Paris.
The East-German Grease! Two groups of secondary-school students – eleven girls and ten boys – meet on their way to a holiday on the Baltic. This unexpected hit and camp classic from the former GDR was inspired by American ‘Beach Party’ films from the early 60s.
The Isle of Wight Festival was one of the last gasps of the 1960s. The music festival took place in August 1970 on an island off the south coast of England that could only be reached by boat. More than 600,000 people attended the festival, only one tenth of them actually paying the admission price.