Past screening

The American Dreamer

Directed by: L.M. Kit Carson, Lawrence Schiller
Runtime: 1hr 30min Year: 1971
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Directed by: L.M. Kit Carson, Lawrence Schiller
Runtime: 1hr 30min Year: 1971
Country: United States

A mesmerizing journey into the private world of one of Hollywood’s most hypnotic directors / stars, Dennis Hopper.

“One of the great lost films of the early seventies.” – Cinephilia and Beyond

“The American Dreamer” is an objective, unsentimental portrait, fascinating in its detail, unrelenting as its subject, Schiller…has created an unusual, illuminating motion picture.” – San Francisco Chronicle

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 and further into eccentricity.

Captured by co-directors Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson, 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 (considered one of the true “enfant terribles” of Hollywood) in the midst of his creative process and a self-reflective exploration and explosion of vérité filmmaking tropes.

Fortuitously timed, fantastically made, and virtually unseen, The American Dreamer is the great 70’s documentary you always wished existed.