Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of one of the world’s best road movies in Melbourne with exhibitions, screenings and a chance to see the star of Easy Rider in person, Dennis Hopper.
An exhibition of the iconic filmmaker Dennis Hopper is showing at the Australian Centre for Moving Image in Melbourne from November 12 to March 7, 2010.

On offer is a selection of Hopper’s own photography and films that reveal the cultural effects that his revolutionary movie, Easy Rider (1968), created, with its controversial portrayal of drugs, sex, and the political turmoil of the time.

Hopper will discuss his work with David Stratton on November 13, accompanied by film clips from The American Friend, Apocalypse Now and Rebel Without a Cause. His work focuses on the sub-culture that emerged as a response to the establishment of America from the 1950s. His art is dominated with themes of rebellion and disillusionment, which became the values of the “New Hollywood”.

The expansive ACMI show also includes examples of Hopper’s personal collection of contemporary sculptures, paintings, and photographs by Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Jenny Holzer.

A newly restored print of Easy Rider will also be playing from Saturday December 26 until Monday January 18. A Masterclass will also be hosted by Matthieu Orléan fromLa Cinémathèque Française, on Friday November 14, offering extensive insight into the artistic process.


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