“Mondo Hollywood” (1967)

Robert Carl Cohen’s cult documentary on the underbelly and fringe characters of Hollywood in the mid 1960s depicts the full range of antics occurring in that heady moment, from anti-communist crusades at the Hollywood Palladium to a spiritual gathering in Topanga Canyon, as well as the aftermath of the Watts riots, a surf contest in Malibu, Vietnam war protests, and Governor Reagan’s astrology-inspired midnight inauguration.

“Mondo Hollywood” was briefly banned in France as “a danger to mental health,” for its depictions of homosexuality and drugs. Available in its entirety online, the film stars an eccentric range of celebrity cameos, like Cher, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ram Dass to Frank Zappa and proto-hippy Gypsy Boots.