- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 25, 1999
- Originally Released: 1966
- Label: Fox Lorber
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada) Encoding
Packaging: Keep Case
Special Features: Interactive Menus, Scene Access, Production Credits, Filmographies, Awards.
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Description by OLDIES.com:
This controversial and startling mix of music and visuals is a semi-autobiographical psycho-drama following one addict's journey from sickness to health, anguish to well-being. When Russel Harwick, a young, well-to-do alcoholic and junkie, heads to Switzerland for the "Swiss Sleeping Cure," he enters a psychedelic world set not in reality, but in the explosive, delusional landscapes of the mind. Tormented during withdrawal by a disorienting mingling of recollection and fantasy, Harwick experiences a life-affirming epiphany, which leads him from his nightmare.
Featuring one of the most diverse casts in movie history, The Chappaqua filmscape is populated with counter-cultural icons Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs (Author of Naked Lunch), French actor Jean Louis Barrault, and jazz musician Ornette Coleman. Destined to be a cult-classic, Chappaqua takes us to the edge and back in what Playboy called "a confusing, frightening, and weirdly beautiful movie."
This controversial yet critically lauded film emanated from the extremely productive underground arts scene of the 1960's. A hypnotic, psychedelic style informs the semi-autobiographical story of a cocaine addict who experiences a reaffirmation of life while visiting Switzerland. A surreal alternation between mindscapes and reality, CHAPPAQUA features Beat icons Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, as well as free jazz guru Ornette Coleman.