Easy Rider

  • 95'
  • USA
  • 2012
Filmmaker James Benning visited the locations for the classic road movie Easy Rider (1969). In his characteristic long takes, he for instance shows a lit-up vacancy sign while the soundtrack treats us to a line from Easy Rider: 'You've got a room?' Sometimes the images are more abstract, like the 10-minute shot of a flowing brook.
But there is always a connection with Easy Rider. For example, Benning 'copies' its association between a real horse and a gleaming motorcycle: both have their strength expressed in horse power. An image Benning returns to five times is that of a camp fire so that viewers can think back to the scene in which Jack Nicholson expresses one of the film's themes to Billy (Dennis Hopper) saying: 'What you represent to them is freedom.'
With songs by Sadie Benning, Chan Marshall, Suzy Soundz and The Sibleys - the music Benning listened to on the road.
Director
James Benning
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
95'
Medium
HDcam
Language
no dialogue
Producer
James Benning
Sales
James Benning
Cinematography
James Benning
Editor
James Benning
Sound Design
James Benning