Skip to contentSkip to navigation
Alice's restaurant (VOA)
Main screening room
August 16th, 2021
111 min

Our summer cycle will be festive or not. Sound and image, song and dance, instrument and breathing, strings and gestures: so many possible combinations to express what cinema and music can achieve and express together. Musicals, concert films, catchy music. Jazz, classical, contemporary, disco, punk... Revolt and enchantment, distress and emphasis, joy and rhythm, melancholy and bass, laughter and stridency: diverse expressions characterizing cinema and music's historical alliance, will definitely make us fly, dream, dance!

From the 30's to the present day and across all possible genres, this cycle aims to open our minds at a time when we most need it. The first week of July will be an eventful one, as the cycle will open with several evenings in cabaret mode, where we will present for the first time concert films produced in Quebec during the confinement, with the participation of major artists of the current music scene: Klô Pelgag, Marie Davidson and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Quintessential hippie movie.

Alice's restaurant
Directed by
Arthur Penn
Arlo Guthrie, Pat Quinn, William Obanhein, James Broderick, Pete Seeger
111 min

In 1965, Arlo Guthrie (as himself) has attempted to avoid the draft by attending college in Montana. His long hair and unorthodox approach to study gets him in trouble with local police as well as residents. (Wikipedia)

Alice's restaurant

Arthur Penn

Arthur Penn was an American director and producer of film, television and theater. Closely associated with the American New Wave, Penn directed critically acclaimed films throughout the 1960s such as the drama The Chase (1966), the biographical crime film Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and the comedy Alice's Restaurant (1969). He also got attention for his revisionist Western Little Big Man (1970). In the 1990s he returned to stage and television direction and production, including an executive producer role for the crime series Law & Order. By his death in 2010, he had been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Director, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, two Emmys, and two Directors Guild of America Awards.


Photo : Imdb


Exploring Alice's Restaurant

Alice's Restaurant: the best American counterculture movie?

Penn deliberately overturns our stereotyped expectations and assumptions about hippie culture and protest movements in the late sixties. Although it is critical of many aspects of the hippie/counterculture of the time, Alice's Restaurant is one of the few movies about that subject that conveys a sense of the shared and caring community ...

Alice's Restaurant

You sense that Penn achieved what he set out to do: to make a relaxed, unstudied portrait of some friends, and some months in their lives, and some births, deaths and marriages. To this degree he has been faithful to the spirit of Arlo Guthrie's original recording...

Full Cast
About Arthur Penn
Filmography of Arthur Penn
June 18th, 2024
Jacques and November
June 18th, 2024
Hour of the Wolf