The Daily Movie Wallpaper
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Again it feels like I’m repeating myself when I say that although Psych-Out might not have had a more typical Hollywood budget at its time (micro budget perhaps would be closest comparison) but what it didn’t have in terms of money it more than made up for it with creativity, soul and vision. Take the set design of the film in mind and in particular how Stoney’s (Jack Nicholson) room is laid out (as partially shown in image above) with what is essentially minimal choices in what they had on hand and yet take a few things and more than make it work! I’ve actually gone through at one point and watched the film purely on its set design aspects alone… cinema magic on a budget, indeed! Sometimes a film having all the money in the world is overrated. If you have the right director, crew and casting, they will often times trump budget and hardships and make something great. As is sometimes having too much money working against a film and more of a curse. Richard Rush, cast and crew like all the great film talents found ways to make obstacles work for them. Where they found an obstacle they found opportunity for at the end of the day there heart on down through everyone involved was to make a damn good film and let the chips fall where they lay.
One other thing about this image is I love this moment in the film that touches on the innocence of Jenny and how she awakens next to Stoney in this state of first love. If any other actress other than Susan Strasberg tried to pull this off it wold just come across as awkward, detached and silly. Susan completely sells this moment and you more than believe her state and in such a way you even forget you are watching a film.
A Month Long Celebration of Psych-Out (1968) at CID: November 2009
Each day in November of 2009 at CID we will be celebrating Richard Rush cinema one still at a time with his 1968 film, Psych-Out, along the way with added surprises.
I’d love to know what is your favorite Richard Rush film!?! Tweet what it is on Twitter with the following hashtag of #richardrush.
For fans of this film be sure and pick up Gary Kent’s new book, Shadows and Light, Journeys With Outlaws In Revolutionary Hollywood (details).
If you like this film and want to see other great films that have been reborn through Lars and Weird Wednesday, be sure to get out to this weekly series each Wednesday (info). In particular this month is the screening of Sam Peckinpah’s, BRING ME THE HEAD OF ALFREDO GARCIA.
Month Long Celebration:
::: 11/05 – Jenny Davis in Love…
::: 11/04 – Warren, Stoney & Ben
::: 11/03 – Bruce Dern is The Seeker
::: 11/02 – Elwood, Jenny & Stoney
::: 11/01 – Jenny Davis in Classic Film Pose
Official still that was used in the original USA release of the film.
::: IMDb Profile