In addition to commercial features, several Hollywood directors produced documentaries for government and military agencies. The last three were shot on location and were made especially effective by their immediacy. Full-scale mobilization had ended the Depression domestically, and victory had opened vast, unchallenged markets in the war-torn economies of western Europe and Japan.
Writing[ edit ] Hopper and Fonda's first collaboration was in The Tripwritten by Jack Nicholson, which had themes and characters similar to those of Easy Rider. He A film review of easy rider directed by dennis hopper Dennis Hopper, and the two decided to turn that into a movie, The Loners, with Hopper directing, Fonda producing, and both starring and writing.
They brought in screenwriter Terry Southernwho came up with the title Easy Rider. The film was mostly shot without a screenplay, with ad-libbed lines, and production started with only the outline and the names of the protagonists.
In an interview published in [Southern died in ] he said, "You know if Den Hopper improvises a dozen lines and six of them survive the cutting room floor he'll put in for screenplay credit.
Now it would be almost impossible to exaggerate his contribution to the film—but, by George, he manages to do it every time. According to Southern, Fonda and Hopper didn't seek screenplay credit until after the first screenings of the film, which required Southern's agreement due to writers guild policies.
Southern says he agreed out of a sense of camaraderie, and that Hopper later took credit for the entire script. When Torn met with Hopper and Fonda at a New York restaurant in early to discuss the role, Hopper began ranting about the " rednecks " he had encountered on his scouting trip to the South.
Torn, a Texan, took exception to some of Hopper's remarks, and the two almost came to blows, as a result of which Torn withdrew from the project. During test shooting on location in New Orleans, Hopper fought with the production's ad hoc crew for control. At one point he entered into a physical confrontation with photographer Barry Feinsteinwho was one of the camera operators for the shoot.
After this turmoil, Hopper and Fonda decided to assemble a proper crew for the rest of the film.
That lumberjack statue—once situated in front of the Lumberjack Cafe—remains in Flagstaff, but now stands inside the J. Hopper said all the outdoor shooting was an intentional choice on his part, because "God is a great gaffer. Billodeau—were Krotz Springs locals. While shooting the cemetery scene, Hopper tried to convince Fonda to talk to the statue of the Madonna as though it were Fonda's mother who had committed suicide when he was 10 years old and ask her why she left him.
Although Fonda was reluctant, he eventually complied.
Kennedywith production starting on February 22,  the film did not have a U. The delay was partially due to a protracted editing process. A Space Odysseyone of Hopper's proposed cuts was minutes long, including extensive use of the " flash-forward " narrative device, wherein scenes from later in the movie are inserted into the current scene.
Only one flash-forward survives in the final edit: At the request of Bob Rafelson and Bert SchneiderHenry Jaglom was brought in to edit the film into its current form, while Schneider purchased Hopper a trip to Taos so he would not interfere with the recut.
Upon seeing the final cut, Hopper was originally displeased, saying that his movie was "turned into a TV show," but he eventually accepted, claiming that Jaglom had crafted the film the way Hopper had originally intended.
Despite the large part he played in shaping the film, Jaglom only received credit as an "Editorial Consultant. All deleted footage is believed[ by whom? Some of the scenes which were in the original cut but were deleted are: Each bike had a backup to make sure that shooting could continue in case one of the old machines failed or got wrecked accidentally.
One "Captain America" was demolished in the final scene, while the other three were stolen and probably taken apart before their significance as movie props became known. The provenance of existing Captain America motorcycles is unclear, and has been the subject of much litigation.
Thus, it was shot after the bikes had already been stolen, which is why they are not visible in the background as in the other campfire scenes. InEasy Rider was added to the United States National Film Registryhaving been deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.
Heavily influenced by the French New Wavethe films of the so-called "post-classical Hollywood" came to represent a counterculture generation increasingly disillusioned with its government as well as the government's effects on the world at large, and the Establishment in general.
Vice President Spiro Agnew criticized Easy Rider, along with the band Jefferson Airplaneas examples of the permissiveness of the s counterculture.
The result was 's The Last Moviewhich was a notable box office and critical failure, effectively ending Hopper's career as a director for well over a decade. On the other hand, Hopper increasingly got control over every aspect over the course of the project and decided to throw CSNY out behind Fonda's back, telling the band as an excuse, "Look, you guys are really good musicians, but honestly, anybody who rides in a limo can't comprehend my movie, so I'm gonna have to say no to this, and if you guys try to get in the studio again, I may have to cause you some bodily harm.
It included two audio commentaries, one featuring actor-director-writer Dennis Hopper, the other with Hopper, actor-writer Peter Fonda, and production manager Paul Lewis; two documentaries about the making and history of the film, Born to Be Wild and Easy Rider:Updates.
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Sep 28, · "Easy Rider" takes the gang leader (Fonda) and condenses his gang into one uptight archetype (played by director Hopper.) It takes the aimless rebellion of the bike gangs and channels it into specific rejection of the establishment (by which is meant everything from rednecks to the Pentagon to hippies on communes).4/4. Two hippie bikers set out to discover "the real America" and wind up taking the ultimate bad trip. Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson star in the landmark American film. 'Some day I'd like to see some of this country we're travelling through' says one of the fugitive couple in They Live By Night. Two decades later, their spiritu.
Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper play two misfits who are judged by those around 89%. Jun 26, · Directed by Dennis Hopper. With Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Antonio Mendoza.
Title: Easy Rider () / Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below. this rough diamond of a film has become a real gem in my collection.
When I first saw it at the theater, I remember liking the anti-establishment /10(85K). In , he directed Colors, Hopper claimed that Torn pulled a knife on him during pre-production of the film Easy Rider.
According to Hopper, Macklin, F. A., "Easy Rider: The Initiation of Dennis Hopper", in Film Heritage (Dayton, Ohio), Fall ;.