Flick Review < Chappaqua | Conrad Rooks (1966)



Chappaqua is a 1966 film written and directed by Conrad Rooks

The film is based on Rooks' experiences with drug addiction and includes cameo appearances by William S. Burroughs, Swami Satchidananda, Allen Ginsberg, Moondog, Ornette Coleman, The Fugs, and Ravi Shankar. Rooks had commissioned Coleman to compose music for the film, but his score, which has become known as the Chappaqua Suite was not used. Ravi Shankar then composed a score.


The film briefly depicts Chappaqua, New York, a hamlet in Westchester County, in a few minutes of wintry panoramas. In the film, the hamlet is an overt symbol of drug-free suburban childhood innocence. It also serves as one of the film's many nods to Native American culture. The word "chappaqua" derives from the Wappinger (a nation of the Algonquian peoples) word for "laurel swamp."


William Burroughs reading the latest issue of Cahiers (no. 176, March 1966) with the star of Fahrenheit 451 on the cover, Julie Christie.

Chappaqua | Conrad Rooks (1966)


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