Inquiring Nuns (U)
Pursuits of Happiness
Thu 01 Jan 1970
£8.50* | £5* Students and Under 25s
Dir. Gordon Quinn & Jerry Temaner
66 mins | USA| 1968
A beloved but unknown gem of pure cinéma vérité in which Sister Marie Arné and Sister Mary Campion tour Chicago during the Summer of Love, asking: Are you happy?
The answers include:
They meet a lonely girl, a happy mother, young lovers, hippie musicians, a sociologist, and even the actor Lincoln Perry, better known as the infamous Stepin Fetchit, now on hard times. The interviewees are sometimes taken aback, nervous, or clamouring to get into view of the camera. Each interview is a complete and thoughtful piece of the persons life, with no intercutting. The humour and sadness of these honest encounters lift the film beyond its experimental conceit into a serious and moving inquiry into contemporary society and the circumstances under which people examine their lives.
Newly restored for its 50th Anniversary this rare documentary captures the attitudes, fears, and dreams of everyday Chicagoans, giving audiences and researchers insight into the political and social climate of 1960s with music composed by Philip Glass, in his first credited film score.
Delightful food for thought
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