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Glen and Randa1970

  • 3.0
Independent filmmaker Jim McBride follows a hedonistic, innocent young couple as they roam the post-apocalyptic world in search of a fabled, unspoiled city of dreams. The record of the journey is GLEN AND RANDA, a primitive, desperate odyssey by the last bewildered survivors of an atomic holocaust, stumbling throughout the wreckage of a vanished civilization.

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Adeptly reflects mankind's "compulsion to impose his own order on the universe..." - Vincent Canby, NY Times


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I saw this as a commentary on many in the hippie culture in the aftermath of the exodus from the cities into the countryside. While some were able to adapt well, many were clueless hedonists with little sense, skills, or desire to work hard to create a life for themselves. The horse had more sense than these two.

The performances were enjoyable, natural, even spontaneous feeling. The desire for things to work out well for these hapless wanderers, and the beautiful settings made the film compelling to watch.

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I saw this as a commentary on many in the hippie culture in the aftermath of the exodus from the cities into the countryside. While some were able to adapt well, many were clueless hedonists with little sense, skills, or desire to work hard to create a life for themselves. The horse had more sense than these two.

The performances were enjoyable, natural, even spontaneous feeling. The desire for things to work out well for these hapless wanderers, and the beautiful settings made the film compelling to watch.

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Very late '60s-early'70s vision of a post-Apocalyptic world, pre-Feminist version. The really interesting characters are the older ones (men only) who remember civilization BEFORE...Bonus points for: Amazing wardrobe changes for Randa in a world short on hippie boutiques.

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I enjoyed the portrayal of such innocence so believably. Unselfconscious acting of compelling characters. Gorgeous visual affect as well, ironies, strange conclusions born of isolation, commentary on our culture.

Fascinating as a perspective on how the peace love and understanding hippy culture of the early 70s might conceive of a post apocalypse world. Glen and Randa are guileless feckless adolescents entirely innocent of the dangers of the world. Likewise, the world they occupy, one only imaginable at the height of flower power, is free of violence or even danger from natural predators. Pacing and plot are in the slow and minimal 70s road movie style, so if you have the patience for a movie that is about the journey, not the destination, its alright.