Maverick actor/director/filmmaker/artist/photographer Dennis Hopper passed away last weekend at the age of 74, and the film world lost a great talent while Enzian lost a friend. Honored at the 1994 Florida Film Festival where he presented his military comedy, CHASERS, and discovered a sex scene had been clipped from the print we received from the distributor(!), Hopper became a member of Enzian’s National Advisory Board.
In a remarkable career that began in the mid 50s with the James Dean classics, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE and GIANT, his work over the next five decades stood out in some of the most iconic films of the second half of the 20th century. So when it came time to select a film to screen on short notice as a special tribute, many titles could have fit the bill: his notorious villains in SPEED and BLUE VELVET, his Oscar-nominated performance in one of the true sports classics, HOOSIERS, or perhaps even his fine LA gang warfare film, COLORS, starring Robert Duvall and Sean Penn. But it simply had to be 1969’s EASY RIDER, the low-budget, counter-culture phenomenon that Hopper directed, co-starred in with Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, and co-wrote with Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. Earning two Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor, this tale of two hippie bikers on a motorcycle trek through the Southwest in search of the real essence of America became a generation-defining movie.
On Tuesday, June 22 at 9:30 PM, Enzian is proud to present EASY RIDER in a newly struck 35mm print created for the film’s 40th anniversary last spring. Rest in peace Dennis Hopper.