Editor | Peter Bowen
What is it about the 60s?
Posted August 18, 2009
In Esquire, S.T. VanAirsdale asks the question that everyone has been thinking-- “What's So Great About the Sixties Anyway?” The answer, as he pushes further and further into the subject, touching on "Mad Men", President Obama, Woodstock and te film Taking Woodstock, becomes more and more elusive. Towards the end he recalls the final scene from Taking Woodstock (which I won’t spoil for you by telling you what it is). But he nots how Lee has created a moment that encapsulates everything that was great (and not so great) about that period. In Movieline VanAirsdale focus on how Ang Lee did his research for one of the pivotal points in the film—the acid trip. Screenwriter James Schamus and Ang Lee highlight the difficulty of re-creating the perceptual changes that occur during acid, But as much as Lee got into, the experience remains just academic.
I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never tried it myself,” Lee said. “My kids want me to try it; they’d think it’s pretty cool. But I’ve made a women’s movie, and I didn’t go through a sex-change operation. But people around me gave me a lot of good ideas. After all, it’s a movie development. It’s a cinematic thing. I had to use whatever technique was available.”