Before Jack Nicholson was Hollywood's Jack Nicholson, he was just another struggling actor/writer with a failed marriage and an interest in the nascent drug culture. So he did what any good writer does, and he wrote what he knew. The resulting screenplay, The Trip
, was produced and directed by long-time colleague Roger Corman, and starred Peter Fonda as Paul Groves, a man with a crumbling marriage and a strong interest in LSD's healing properties. Fortunately, Paul's friend John (Bruce Dern) is a guru and LSD advocate who agrees to act as his guide on his first trip. What follows is a full-on freakout as Paul experiences visions of death and destruction, as well as moments of great beauty, set to the music of the Electric Flag. Neither anti- nor pro-drug, The Trip
suggests that dropping acid is a personal choice best left to the individual — ah, the '60s. The Trip
screens at 8 p.m. at the Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries
) under the auspices of the Webster Film Series. Admission is $4.
Wed., July 7, 2010