Cinema: End of the Road

It is hard to imagine a more beautiful movie than Alice's Restaurant. Or a sadder one. Anyone who remembers Arlo Guthrie's rambling, hilarious talking-blues record of a couple of seasons back will probably be surprised by this movie version. All the favorite, funny episodes are still there: the garbage dumping after Thanksgiving dinner, the cops investigating "the scene of the crime" and taking "twenty-seven 8-by-10, colored glossy photographs with circles and arrows," and the Army induction with its "injections, inspections, detections, neglections." But Director Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde) has woven these episodes of laughter into a more sober framework....

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