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Saturday, November 09, 2019

Neil Young's Film "Journey Through the Past" on NYA Hearse Theater - UPDATED


Frame via Neil Young's Film "Journey Through The Past"

As noted earlier, an updated schedule for Hearse Theater is now posted on Neil Young Archives which includes the premiere repeat screening (on Hearse Theater) of Neil Young's film "Journey Through The Past" earlier this week on Tuesday.

Hearse Theater on NYA is now playing this weekend Neil Young's underground-cult-classic-midnight-movie "Journey Through The Past".

And -- unsurprisingly - some folks were underwhelmed and thankful Neil pursued a musical rather film career. Some folks just never get it. sigh.

In January, Neil Young announced that his 1973 film "Journey Through the Past" would be coming to NYA Hearse Theater. The 1973 film -- presciently referred to as "Early Neil Young as Reality TV" -- has long been an underground cult classic for fans with it's quite weird trippiness and stream of consciousness incomprehensibility.

As Neil Young wrote on Times-Contrarian | NYA:

"I was not trying to impress anyone with my film making prowess and I succeeded."

Journey Through the Past - Film Poster

Or -- as Neil Young puts it in his inimitable approach to the creative artistic process:

Interestingly, look closely at the desert scene in the film Journey Through the Past where there is a shot revealing The Graduate wearing a Woodstock shirt just before shooting up.

The Graduate (note Woodstock shirt)

The film is saturated with extremely symbolic imagery which has been the subject of vigorous debate for decades (on Neil forums like RUST) as to what Neil may have been implying. In particular, the images of those inside the chauffeured limousine, which represent Church, Military and Business.

The Military, The Church, and The Business

After re-watching on NYA, it seems clear the implication is that this "Holy Trinity" is directly involved in conspiring to kill the hopes and dreams of future generations of young adults. It would would be much longer before terms such as "Military-Industrial-Complex" entered mainstream discussions as the root cause of societal dysfunction, breakdown and decay. Very prescient, Neil. All a rather profound and provocative "truth bomb/wake up call" from a "stoned hippie's home movie" (as critics dismissively declared upon release).

So here's to "experimentation without fear"! discuss.

Also, see Journey Through the Past - Film Review by Janet Maslin, New York Times, ~1973.

More on the album Journey Through The Past.

Neil Young Films

Also, was the cover of album Decade shot during the filming of JTTP? Was the person Carrie? See Neil Young's Decade: The Images Behind The Album Cover.

Uncropped Image for Neil Young's Decade
by Tom Wilkes
(Click photo to enlarge)

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At 10/10/2019 06:39:00 PM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

Just FWIW, JTTP aired on Tuesday so it's long gone now (and it was a rerun, the Hearse debut was Sept. 3).

At 10/10/2019 07:27:00 PM, Blogger Abner Snopes said...

I saw a clip from the latest sessions, for the new album. They were playing the song "Lose my Mind" (not sure about the title). Wait, "Help me Lose my Mind." It sounded to me like vintage Neil. The clip was really funny, as Neil was definitely the boss. I'm holding out for this album as a great Neil Young album.

At 10/11/2019 09:22:00 AM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

Slamming a NY film is grabbing at low fruit indeed. Did it come to you in a epiphany ? One of those the clouds parted, the sun then shone through like a religious pamphlet offering to save you? Breaking News: Trump most corrupt POTUS in history, also just in, Neil Young Movies Not Very Good. They are mostly a jumble of incoherent nonsense with a few music performances thrown in. But thats only when compared to accomplished filmmakers. He's a musician. Really good cross over is rare to nonexistent. Take the good with the bad and dont expect Scorsese, Alexander Payne, or Steven Soderbergh. This too is self-evident and no revelation. Try to find the fun in it as he does making them.

At 10/11/2019 11:41:00 AM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Babbo B. - thanks Babbo.

here's our thinking. We're running reviews and commentary post screening. Maybe some sort of spoiler alert deflection for those who actually haven't seen these films and clips.

We had a long time TW reader recently confess that they'd never seen RNS before?!

maybe just another effort of futility... but we'll never give up and will keep bloggin' until they drag us away from our keyboards. FITR


@ Abner - tickets just announced for MountainTop!

@ wsanjose01 - yep, slamming a NY film is grabbing at low fruit indeed -- esp JTTP.

It was his 1st film afterall and Neil did get better. RNS is classic, HH, well ...

Anyways, you know how rusties can be sometime. :)

So this is for the the doubters!

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At 11/09/2019 01:48:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

oh, here's a fun fact/rumor.

Supposedly , the cover of Decade was shot during the filming of JTTP. The person is "supposedly" Carrie. Note desert scenes with The Graduate.

At 11/09/2019 01:57:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

hmm, after a little research, the above fun fact/rumor may be "fake news"? We distinctly recall that this was discussed on RUSt back in the day. Anyone out there recall???


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