Previously at the ICA - Films
25 Oct 2008
Dennis Hopper, a man who has achieved iconic status for his brilliant career, spanning Rebel Without a Cause, Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, Speed and more, will be welcomed back to the ICA today to introduce a rare screening of The Last Movie, and to talk about his career to date.
The Last Movie is Dennis Hopper's second directorial outing, after Easy Rider. Hopper stars as Kansas, a movie wrangler on location in Peru. After witnessing the accidental death of a stuntman, he stays behind in the village, dreaming of a simple life with his Peruvian girlfriend Maria. But he finds himself drawn into the harsh, ritualistic world of the local peasants as they start to mimic violent scenes from the movie with their own wicker cameras. Throw into the mix a Treasure of Sierra Madre-inspired scheme to mine gold, a decadent encounter with a wealthy American family, dreamy camerawork from László Kovács and an original soundtrack featuring Kris Kristofferson, and you have a dazzling, outrageous vision that was way ahead of its time.
We are grateful to Easy Rider Productions for permission to screen The Last Movie. Please note that this is the only known 35mm print in the UK, and as such there is a slight reduction of quality at the ends of reels and some discoloration.
Dir Dennis Hopper, US 1971, 108 mins, Cert X