'At least a witness to myself': on watching The American Dreamer after learning of the death of Dennis Hopper

Noel King

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Abstract

This article explores the circumstances under which The American Dreamer (1971) was filmed in Taos, New Mexico over eighteen days of the sixteen-month period during which Dennis Hopper was editing The Last Movie (1971), his follow-up film to Easy Rider (1969). The article links the self-reflexive aspects of The American Dreamer to other forms of documentary film-making current at the time, and links the film to the concept of a New Hollywood and the emergence of a 'college-educated/youth audience'. It also relates the film to recent 'Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood' exhibitions, and to Hopper's work as a photographer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-118
Number of pages10
JournalStudies in Documentary Film
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Dennis Hopper
  • New Hollywood
  • self-reflexive documentary
  • US counterculture
  • The Last Movie
  • Easy Rider
  • music
  • photography

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