The Last Movie

Dennis Hopper

IFFR 1977

  • 108'
  • USA
  • 1971

A fever dream that tells the engagingly insane story of a Hollywood crew shooting an aggressive Western on location in an unspoiled area in Peru. A hallucinogenic film about the making of a film going off the rails. The crew − the director is played by Samuel Fuller – leave their backdrop and a new ritual behind with the indigenous population. Members of the native tribe reconstruct cameras, microphones and reflectors out of bamboo and make a film in kind with Hopper, an actor/stuntman who stayed behind, as the innocent ‘star’. The Peruvian villagers show a passion for realism, refusing to use trick photography and so almost ritually crucifying Hopper.

“I used the film as source material”, Hopper says in his introduction. “I remind you constantly that we are shooting a film. As a viewer, you become immersed in the film, believe in it, then straight away I take you out of that. A very unpleasant experience. I hope that you will enjoy the film, that I haven’t been too radical.”

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Director
Dennis Hopper
Country of production
USA
Production Year
1971
Festival Edition
IFFR 1977
Length
108'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producer
Paul Lewis
Production Company
Universal Pictures International
Sales
Arbelos Films
Screenplay
Stewart Stern, Dennis Hopper
Cinematography
László Kovács
Editor
David Berlatsky, Antranig Mahakian, Dennis Hopper
Music
Severn Darden, Chabuca Granda, Kris Kristofferson, John Buck Wilkin
Cast
Dennis Hopper, Stella Garcia, Samuel Fuller, Don Gordon, Peter Fonda, Julie Adams, Sylvia Miles