60s Quadrophenia


After learning of the British based film, Quardrophenia, in our last lecture, I decided to watch it for myself. Having a large interest in the Mod scene of the time, I found the film very compelling . With its extremely realistic language, violent overtones and classic sixties soundtrack, it really allowed me to feel as though I was experiencing a bit of the 60s.

Quadrophenia (1979) is a British Film based in London in 1965. Following the story of a drug-induced London Mod. He hates his parents, his job and pretty much all aspects of life. Only when he’s together with his friends, cruising London on his scooter and listening to music such as that of ‘The Who’ and ‘The High Numbers’, he feels free and accepted. The film follows his highs and lows, through paranoia and isolation to the Quadrophenia mind set. The film includes all different aspects of the Mod generation and also incorporated other sub cultures that the mods would have came in to contact with. For example the Brighton scooter run, where both Mods and Rockers converge, ending in the battle of the cults on Brighton Beach.


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