The Last Movie (1971) Dennis Hopper

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Kansas (Hopper) is a stunt coordinator in charge of horses on a western being shot in a small Peruvian village. Following a tragic incident on the set where an actor is killed in a stunt, Kansas decides to quit the movie business and stay in Peru with a local woman. Kansas thinks he has found paradise, but is soon called in to help in a bizarre incident: the Peruvian natives are "filming" their own movie with "cameras" made of sticks, and acting out real western movie violence, as they don't understand movie fakery. The film touches on the ideas of fiction versus reality, especially in regards to cinema.

Starring:  Dennis Hopper, Julie Adams, Peter Fonda

Viewer Review:  "I watched this film twice. The second time I watched it I was simply trying to figure out why I liked it the first time---but like it I did. I think if ten people watched this film, those ten people would take ten different journeys and wind up at ten different destinations.This movie is presented in a way that challenges the viewer's traditional cinematic understanding of storytelling, by presenting the story in a non-chronological fashion, and by including several devices typically only seen behind the scenes of film-making (rough edits and "scene missing" cards), and the use of jarring jump cuts. Definitely not a film to be missed by anyone interested in fractured narratives, postmodernism in film or the beautiful image. Vastly underrated and well worth its Venice prize, this is to "Easy Rider" what "Pulp Fiction" is to "Reservoir Dogs". Hopper as a director has never been better."

1h, 48m

Format: DVD.  A VHS transfer, no DVD release date pending.

This DVD is encoded NTSC Region ALL (playable worldwide).

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