Hallelujah the Hills

Written and directed by Adolfas Mekas.
Starring Peter H. Beard, Sheila Finn, Martin Greenbaum, Peggy Steffans.
1963.




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An irreverent burst of anarchic energy that wowed attendees of the 1963 Cannes Festival and the First New York Film Festival, along with all the other festivals to which it was invited that year. A landmark film of The New American Cinema, presented here in a new 2K restoration. Written and directed with improvisational flair by Adolfas Mekas, a co-founder of Film Culture magazine with his brother Jonas (Walden). HALLELUJAH THE HILLS follows two wildly impulsive young men who are in love with the same woman (played by two different actresses). A slapstick love letter to cinema, this fiercely independent wonder laid the groundwork for all the free-spirited filmmakers to follow.

“All hail Adolfas Mekas, an impecunious director who in his first feature film has produced a far-out and very funny farce, the first cubistic comedy of the new world cinema. The weirdest, wooziest, wackiest comedy of the year. A gloriously fresh experience in the cinema.” — Time Magazine

“The wildest and wittiest comedy of the season — an outrageous lark.” — The New York Times

“Adolfas is someone to be reckoned with … an ace in the realm of pure invention, that is, in working without a net..” — Jean-Luc Godard, Cahiers du Cinema

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