Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
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Thu, Aug 16, 2018 - Sun, Aug 19, 2018
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Born in Kansas, Dennis Hopper (1934 - 2010) made his way to Hollywood at age 18 and found work in television. Movie studios soon took notice, and the performer signed a contract with Warner Bros., appearing in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. Star James Dean became a mentor to Hopper, encouraging his interests in filmmaking and photography; the two would work together again in GIANT. But Hopper’s time with WB ended in 1958; when the studio loaned him out to Fox a dust-up with director Henry Hathaway brought the actor’s career to a screeching halt.

A 1965 performance in the John Wayne Western THE SONS OF KATIE ELDER marked Hopper’s return to Hollywood’s good graces, but his appearance two years later in THE TRIP was perhaps more significant; the Roger Corman LSD film introduced him to Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson, with whom he would make EASY RIDER in 1969. Hopper’s directorial debut, the counterculture road movie was a massive hit, earning a prize at the Cannes Film Festival, a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination and the cachet to make a pet project - THE LAST MOVIE.

“I was trying to use film like an Abstract Expressionist would use paint as paint,” noted Hopper of the experimental drama. “I’m constantly reminding you that we’re making a movie - I’m constantly making references to the fact that maybe you’re just being silly sitting in an audience, being sucked into a movie and starting to believe it - and then I jar you out of it. It’s not a very pleasant experience for most audiences.” It was not what Universal had in mind when they’d agreed to distribute THE LAST MOVIE, and when Hopper refused to make the edits they’d requested, the film was effectively shelved.

Though banished from the director’s chair, Hopper continued to act during the 1970s, most prominently as a photojournalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic APOCALYPSE NOW (the performer had a strong, real-life interest in photography and art). While the following decades would bring his return to filmmaking, Hopper’s most famous work was in front of cameras. In 1986, he earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for HOOSIERS and an iconic role as the gas-huffing Frank Booth in BLUE VELVET that made Hopper a sought-after onscreen villain (SPEED, TV’s 24) for years thereafter.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Introduction to RIVER'S EDGE by actors Tom Bower and Daniel Roebuck.
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Thu, Aug 16, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Fri, Aug 17, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Aug 18, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Aug 19, 2018 - 7:30pm
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