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Hair 1979 ***

Arriving some ten years after the hippie culture it celebrates died off, Milos Foreman’s follow-up to One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest brings a welcome dose of Eastern European surrealism to the Broadway musical, from the dancing police horses in the opening scene. The drama of a soldier (John Savage) who falls under the wing of Dionysian wanderer called Mr Burger (Treat Williams). Songs like Aquarius and Good Morning Sunshine are all staged with verve, and even if the original writers disapproved, Hair is a lively example of Forman’s versatility, and a showcase for the charisma of Williams, whose uproarious performance of I Got Life, accompanied by a plate-smashing revolt at a posh dinner party, captures the rebellious spirit of the sixties with elan.


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