The seventeenth chapter in "32 Days of Movies", an audiovisual tour through 366 films
(2015 update: included Vimeo embed after the jump)
There's Something Happening Here...
We begin exactly where we left off yesterday, actually a split-second earlier, repeating that gunfire as if reliving the Big Bang for one brief, unexpected moment. And then it's on to the future - a girl tosses an apple in the air, holds it in her hands, and takes a big forbidden bite. With that the world bursts into glorious color and catches fire. Today black-and-white starts to disappear: most of these clips are in color and from now on, just like that, color will be the default for every chapter. This is only the most obvious aspect of gigantic swerve.
When people recall or pay tribue to "the sixties" this is often the period they are remembering, the Summer of Love through May '68 and its aftermath. Dylan drops placards and leaves the scene (as he already had in real life), Dustin leaps atop an older woman and tells off his dad, and Jimi performs cunnilingus on his guitar; Rosemary discovers the truth about her baby and a primate's bone turns into a satellite. There's something happening here alright, and for the first time in five chapters, "here" includes America. After a very dry season, the U.S. returns with full-force to the cinematic scene, a place it will hold until the very last chapter of this series.