Timothy Leary's Dead

on September 09, 1996 by Lea Russo
   King of psychedelia and LSD advocate Timothy Leary has been the subject of intense scrutiny by the government, the media, his fans and his enemies. But whether he was a freak of nature or a profound thinker is one of the many unanswered questions in Paul Davids and Todd Easton Mills' documentary, "Timothy Leary's Dead."
   Interviews with Leary and his friends and associates serve mainly as punchy soundbites in a timeline of the ex-Harvard psychology professor's life. The film doesn't get past Leary's shtick and his glossy eyes; the audience is left with only the image he created of himself. Davids and Mills seem too caught up in Leary's mystique and barely provide a counter to the counter-culture promotion. Moviegoers are likely to have wished they didn't take this trip.    Directed by Paul Davids. Written and produced by Paul Davids and Todd Easton Mills. A Strand release. Documentary. Unrated. Running time: 77 min.
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