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AFS Presents: THE AMERICAN DREAMER
November 20, 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
DIRECTED BY L.M. KIT CARSON AND LAWRENCE SCHILLER
USA, 1971, DCP, 90 min.
After the 1969 success of EASY RIDER, actor/director Dennis Hopper was on the top of the heap. Hollywood considered him the key to the elusive countercultural youth market. His next film, made in the Peruvian highlands to minimize studio interference, and maximize cocaine potency, was THE LAST MOVIE. After shooting extensively he returned to his compound in Taos, New Mexico to edit the film and get weird with his associates, friends, and various hangers on. Fortunately, a film crew (including Texas Film Hall Of Famer L.M. Kit Carson) was there too to capture the whole chaotic scene. Like a National Geographic documentary about a wild man pushed to the brink by overwork and strong drugs, this captures some of Hopper’s most gonzo behavior, as well as his genuinely valuable insights about art and life. Newly restored and not to be missed.