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BEEN DOWN SO LONG IT LOOKS LIKE UP TO ME (1971 USA)

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Directed by Jeffrey Young
Starring: Barry Primus, David Downing, Susan Tyrrell
Genres: Based On Novel, Counter-culture, Drama
91 minutes | Full Screen | Color | English

Richard Farina's late-1960s "alienation" novel Been Down So Long it Looks Like Up to Me was given a belated, and somewhat anachronistic, screen treatment in 1971. Though set in 1958, the original novel spoke most loudly to the post-Beat Generation hippies of the next decade. Barry Primus plays the central character, a sixties activist in the making on an uptight college campus. Amidst the jive-talk and the scrungy clothing, the film contains a few obligatory sex scenes, indicating perhaps that it was this element of beatnik life that most attracted the filmmakers.

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