The Collected Films of Morris Engel & Ruth Orkin: I Need a Ride to California

Directed by Morris Engel

Year: 1968
Running Time: 80
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English
Genres: Drama
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The Collected Films of Morris Engel & Ruth Orkin: I Need a Ride to California

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Rod Perry
Lilly Shell

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Directed by Morris Engel


New York–based filmmaker Morris Engel, best known for his black-and-white urban masterpiece Little Fugitive (1953), began production on his only 35mm color feature film, I Need a Ride to California, in 1968; the film was never released.Inspired by day-glo psychedelia, societal upheaval, and sexual liberation, Engel crafts the story of Lilly, a naïve, lonely young Californian who finds herself in New York City. Lilly embraces the flower child movement, right down to the bare feet and a ring of daisies in her blond hair. But the city, and Lilly’s circle of acquaintances, are not as compassionate as she hoped they would be. I Need a Ride to California is a complex, sometimes raw portrait of the era, with Lilly as a fragile voyager in Greenwich Village’s tempestuous counter culture scene. While Engel’s prior feature films explored idyllic, nostalgic moments shared by children, I Need a Ride to California marks his mature aesthetic engagement with the unsettled social and political landscape of American in the late 1960s. -- MOMA

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