The American Dreamer

The American Dreamer

Directed by Lawrence Schiller, L.M. Kit Carson

The wild, unexpected success of EASY RIDER ushered in what is now seen as one of the most significant turning points in film history, making rebellious Dennis Hopper an unlikely King of Hollywood for a day. Hopper’s follow-up work, THE LAST MOVIE, a deeply personal, but ultimately disastrous meditation on the meaning of cinema found Hopper drifting further into eccentricity. THE AMERICAN DREAMER is a multi-faceted portrait of the life and mind of one of the 20th century’s great cinematic voices at the peak of his artistic and commercial success. Shifting between being an insightful document of a complex artist in the midst of his creative process and a self-reflective exploration and explosion of vérité filmmaking tropes, THE AMERICAN DREAMER is a mesmerizing journey into the private world of one of Hollywood’s most hypnotic directors/stars. Fortuitously timed, fantastically made, and virtually unseen, THE AMERICAN DREAMER is the great ’70s documentary you always wished existed.

THE AMERICAN DREAMER is a multi-faceted portrait of the life and mind of Dennis Hopper, one of the 20th century’s great cinematic voices at the peak of his artistic and commercial success.

Cast: Dennis Hopper

Member Reviews

Nice vibe, nice visuals. Lost interest after they started being misogynist dinks. Hard to enjoy this in 2018 :(

breannajoelle
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5 months ago

Watching this reminded me of growing up in the 70's in Germany in a very small community. Living now in Canada, again right now! in a rural community, I feel Dennis Hopper's last image. He sold himself as we all did and still do. Painful and shameful. Are we going to stand up? I liked this movie a lot as it educated me about my parent's struggles. It was not about being hip, it was about finding yourself and what you can do to change things, you know are wrong. And here we are again.

pedi61
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a year ago

Just couldn't get into it... Was looking forward to it, but then before he even got to Louisiana..., my mind went numb. Sorta' a waste of a good 5 minutes...

greenbeagle
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a year ago

I didn't hit the one star on my review below. This is only a one star type film, didn't want to waste any more time on it...

greenbeagle
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a year ago

I guess you had to be there, but I am glad I wasn't.

jennynowicki
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2 years ago