The American Dreamer + The Last Movie (double feature) w/ Lawrence Schiller in person!

The American Dreamer
The wild, unexpected success of Easy Rider ushered in what is now seen as one of the most significant turning points in film history, making pathologically rebellious Dennis Hopper an unlikely King Of Hollywood for a day. Incredibly, that day was filmed—and not just filmed, but captured by two innovative and inventive filmmakers. Co-directed by L.M. Kit Carson and Lawrence Schiller, The American Dreamer is many things: an insightful document of a complex artist in the midst of his creative process, a self-reflective exploration and explosion of vérité filmmaking tropes, and a playful and entertaining snapshot of the private life of one of Hollywood’s most eccentric stars at the peak of his newly found fame. Hopper boldly allowed access to his crazy life in all its aspects: firing his rifles off in the desert, editing The Last Movie, stripping naked and walking through downtown Taos, New Mexico, pontificating about art and life, and holding forth guru-like to a room full of naked women. Fortuitously timed, fantastically made, and virtually unseen, The American Dreamer is the great ‘70s film doc you always wished existed, presented here in its new restoration.

Dirs. L.M. Kit Carson & Lawrence Schiller, 1971,Blu-ray, 90 min.

The Last Movie
Presented in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

Following the massive reverberations of Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper had carte blanche and a $1 million budget to realize the project of his dreams. The result was The Last Movie, a beautifully raw folk symphony of cinematic romanticism and his most ambitious effort behind the camera. Hopper plays a movie stuntman who’s working on the set of a Peruvian-shot, Hollywood-funded western. Then, he falls in love. Sound simple? It’s not. Initially conceived and edited as a linear narrative, The Last Movie was obsessively retooled by a haunted Hopper for nearly an entire year, and what emerged was an epic, con- stantly-in-flux fever dream that lobotomized the Godardian ideals of fiction vs. reality, reality vs. reality, form vs. content, and everything between. Rightly eulogized in Europe upon release (and wrongly reviled in the U.S.), this mesmerizing film is both a benchmark and an epitaph for Hollywood’s unhinged hippies and their uncompromising home movies. You may be challenged, but you’ll never be bored by The Last Movie.

Dir. Dennis Hopper, 1971, 35mm, 108 min.

Proceeds from the release of The American Dreamer will benefit the future restoration of films from The Walker Art Center

Watch the trailer for The American Dreamer!