The Last Movie (Blu-ray)
Arbelos Films Presents The Last Movie - Dennis Hopper's radical, much-mythologized lost masterpiece - never before released on Blu-ray or DVD!
New 4K restoration. Dennis Hopper's radical, much-mythologized lost masterpiece - widely unseen for nearly 50 years until now!
Consciously self-reflexive and co-written by Hopper and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE screenwriter Stewart Stern, THE LAST MOVIE follows a Hollywood movie crew in the midst of making a western in a remote Peruvian village. When production wraps, Hopper, as the baleful stuntman Kansas, remains, attempting to find redemption in the isolation of Peru and the arms of a former prostitute. Meanwhile, the local Indians have taken over the abandoned set and begun to stage a ritualistic re-enactment of the production - with Kansas as their sacrificial lamb.
Among the most storied productions of the New Hollywood Era, Hopper was given carte blanche by Universal for his next directorial feature after the tremendous commercial success of EASY RIDER, and writer-director-star took the money and ran - literally - staging THE LAST MOVIE in Peru at farthest remove from the Hollywood machine, with an on-screen entourage in tow that included Kris Kristofferson, Julie Adams, Stella Garcia, Peter Fonda, Dean Stockwell, Toni Basil, Russ Tamblyn, Michelle Phillips and director Samuel Fuller.
Although it won a special award at the Venice Film Festival, THE LAST MOVIE would effectively end Hopper's career for many years - the Hollywood establishment gleefully writing him off as a self-indulgent madman. Yet the movie remains thrillingly innovative and remarkably contemporary - influenced greatly by the work of Bruce Conner and the French New Wave, as well as the Pop and Abstract artists Hopper revered.
New 4K restoration from the original camera negative.
Scene Missing (2018), a sixty-minute documentary directed by Alex Cox on the making of THE LAST MOVIE.
Some Kind of Genius (1987), a thirty-minute documentary portrait of Dennis Hopper directed by Paul Joyce.
Postcard from Peru (2018), a new series of video interviews with members of the Peruvian crew filmed by Daniel García and Aurelio Medina.
The Dick Cavett Show 1971 interview with Hopper.
2007 video introduction by Dennis Hopper.
2018 U.S. Theatrical Trailer.
1971 Theatrical Trailer.
1971 Product Reel.
New essays by Julie Adams, Jessica Hundley and Mike Plante plus a 1971 Evergreen Review report from the set of the film by L.M. Kit Carson.
Dennis Hopper's THE LAST MOVIE is as essential as cinema gets. --Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
A film of marked originality and frequent brilliance. --Thomas Curtiss, The New York Times
Rightfully commands more attention and respect than it has received. --Foster Hirsch, The New York Times