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The Last Movie

Dennis Hopper’s personal, audaciously experimental follow-up to Easy Rider explores the essential artifice of filmmaking and is as wild, courageous and fascinating as its creator.

Dir Dennis Hopper
Prod Paul Lewis
Scr Stewart Stern, Dennis Hopper
With Dennis Hopper, Don Gordon, Julie Adams
USA
1971
108min
Prod Co Universal Pictures

Hot off the generation-defining success of Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper took $1 million from Universal’s Lew Wasserman and hightailed it to Peru, with a mad band of collaborators, intent on making his masterpiece. The shoot’s drug-fuelled hedonism became notorious, but Hopper returned with hours of footage and began editing – calling on cult Chilean surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky for advice. The experimental, self-reflexive result charts the story of a stuntman (Hopper) who stays in Peru after shooting wraps on a Western, believing he has found paradise, but who is drawn into danger when the locals begin making a ‘film’ of their own. Hopper’s audacious vision is testament to a more vital time in American cinema – a film as unique and uncompromising as its maker.

James Bell

Additional information

Digitally restored in 4K resolution from the original 35mm negatives by Arbelos in Los Angeles. 4K scanning by L’Immagine Ritrovata. Colour by Instinctual Post-production. Audio restoration by Audio Mechanics.

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