The film, loosely based on the 1968 Broadway musical Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, centres on two men, Claude (John Savage, The Deer Hunter, a naïve young man from America's 'Bible Belt' and Berger (Treat Williams), the leader of a hippie tribe in New York. Drafted into the army and soon to ship out to Vietnam, Claude spends his last time as a civilian with Berger, learning for the first time about race and class issues in 60s America. He soon meets and falls for Shelia, a rich debutante with a rebellious soul. Welcome to the Age of Aquarius.
The film marked Milos Forman's return to directing after winning an Oscar® for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest in 1975 and was nominated for two Golden Globes in 1980.
Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
Aquarius (1966, 8 mins): the Age of Aquarius arrives in Nancy Hanna's jazzy psychedelic animation
San Francisco (1968, 15 mins): Anthony Stern's award-winning impressionistic documentary shot on the streets of San Fran, stunningly soundtracked with a rare early version of Pink Floyd's 'Interstellar Overdrive'
Indian Pop Instrumental (c1970, 3 mins): enigmatic English musos look east with this marvellously mysterious music film
Discomania (1979, 24 mins): Oscar Riesel's star-spangled British disc-dancing extravaganza from the glory days of glitterballs, lurex, sequins and rollerskates
Nicholas Ray in Conversation (1969, audio only): the legendary filmmaker memorably concluding his screen career in Hair - reflects upon his legacy with film critic VF Perkins at London's NFT
***FIRST PRESSING ONLY*** Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film by Ellen Cheshire, new interview with the film's screenwriter Michael Weller and an essay on director Milos Forman by Kieron McCormack