Part of Spirit of '69.
Fri, Jun 7, 8:00pm: Series introduction from Belcourt programming coordinators Zack Hall and Mae Moreno. BUY TICKETS Sat, Jun 8, 8:00pm: Introduction from Kin Cosner, retired lecturer in English from Vanderbilt University. BUY TICKETS
Having weathered five decades of socio-political shapeshifting, Dennis Hopper’s directorial debut EASY RIDER remains the definitive film of the counterculture movement. Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern conspired to evolve the Western and rebel road flick out from under the shadows of John Ford and Roger Corman—wrangling exploitation film veteran László Kovács to lens the endeavor and shelling out $1 million to curate a distinguished soundtrack that endures. The unorthodox team delivered a shockingly authentic portrait of disaffected youth with an ending that continues to devastate and resonate with nonconformists around the world, while cementing the arrival of a new generation of filmmakers that shaped American New Wave cinema.
“Director Dennis Hopper has done an old and respectable thing. He has told his story in cinematic shorthand, instead of spelling it out in dreary detail. Fifty years ago, Hollywood figured out that if you put the good guys in white hats you could eliminate 10 minutes of explanation from every Western. Hopper has applied this technique to the motorcycle movie…. Someday it was inevitable that a great film would come along, utilizing the motorcycle genre, the same way the great Westerns suddenly made everyone realize they were a legitimate American art form, EASY RIDER is the picture.” —Roger Ebert’s 1969 review “EASY RIDER, is not only emblematic of independent American cinema, but, released in 1969, is the definitive statement on the death of the 60s.” —Christopher Machell, CineVue
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