New York’s avant-garde art and film scene of the early 1960s may have been dominated by the likes of Jonas Mekas and Andy Warhol, but “Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground” offers a fascinating recontextualization of that history, focusing on young Barbara Rubin’s integral role in shaping the era’s blossoming counterculture.
Chuck Smith’s documentary is at once accessible and formally daring, echoing Rubin’s filmmaking style while simultaneously celebrating her radical achievements.
The film is an enlightening portrait of a feminist pioneer that, in this #MeToo era, should strike a timely chord.
With incisive and enthusiastic commentary from everyone involved, “Barbara Rubin and the Exploding New York Underground” recounts its story with infectious energy, and uses overlapping color-coded imagery that conjures the spirit of a Zelig-like figure whose contributions to the counterculture were, the director persuasively argues, invaluable.
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