The Last Movie
Directed by Dennis Hopper
“Its creators greatest ruin and greatest triumph.” —Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
Among the most storied productions of the New Hollywood Era, Dennis Hopper was given carte blanche by Universal for his next directorial feature after the tremendous commercial success of Easy Rider. The writer-director-star took the money and ran—literally—staging The Last Movie in Peru far from the Hollywood machine.
Consciously self-reflexive and co-written by Dennis Hopper and Rebel Without a Cause screenwriter Stewart Stern, The Last Movie follows a Hollywood movie crew in the midst of making a western in a remote Peruvian village. The local Indians have taken over the abandoned set and begun to stage a ritualistic re-enactment of the production—with Hopper as their sacrificial lamb.
The Last Movie would effectively end Hopper’s career for many years—the Hollywood establishment gleefully writing him off as a self-indulgent madman. Yet the movie remains thrillingly innovative and remarkably contemporary. 1971, U.S., 4K DCP, in English with Spanish subtitles, 108 minutes. Rated R.