The Last Movie
DIRECTOR: DENNIS HOPPER
CAST: DENNIS HOPPER, JULIE ADAMS, DANIEL ADES, RICHMOND L. AGUILAR
Fresh off the success of Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper took his newfound bankability and made a million-dollar bonfire out of it, fucking off to South America to star in his fever-dream project as Kansas, a stuntman working on the set of a western shooting in backwater Peru, where the local peasants begin to absorb the action of the shoot into their ritual and folklore, and cinema melts into life itself. A radical, balls-to-the-wall career suicide like no other, with old kamikaze Sam Fuller in the action for good measure, and a film where behind-the-scenes anarchy infects in-front-of-the-camera action, resulting in something which still feels volatile and fresh and in danger of glorious collapse at any minute.
This new digital restoration was scanned in 4K resolution from the original 35mm camera negative by Il Cinema Ritrovata. An Arbelos Films release.