THE LAST MOVIE
1971, Arbelos Films, 108 min, USA, Dir: Dennis Hopper

Among the most storied productions of the New Hollywood era, this self-reflexive drama follows a movie crew making a Western in a remote Peruvian village. Director Dennis Hopper stars as the baleful stuntman Kansas, who stays behind after production wraps, hoping to find redemption in the arms of a former prostitute - until local inhabitants take over the abandoned set and begin to stage a ritualistic re-enactment of the film. Given carte blanche by Universal after the tremendous commercial success of EASY RIDER, Hopper set up shop as far from the Hollywood machine as possible, with an on-screen entourage that included Kris Kristofferson, Julie Adams, Peter Fonda, Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, Michelle Phillips and director Samuel Fuller. Though it effectively ended his career for many years, Hopper’s THE LAST 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 revered by the writer-director-star. The film has been newly restored in 4K from the original camera negative and sound elements.


MASK
1985, Universal, 127 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

Disfigured teen Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) fights against his disease and society’s prejudices with the help of an unconventional but loving biker mom (Cher) and her boyfriend (Sam Elliott). Peter Bogdanovich directs this true story with sensitivity and intelligence, creating that rare film that is heartwarming and inspirational without being phony in its sentiment.


NICKELODEON
1976, Sony Repertory, 122 min, USA, Dir: Peter Bogdanovich

A hugely entertaining slapstick farce and heartfelt Valentine to the earliest days of the Hollywood movie industry. Ryan O’Neal stars as the bumbling young lawyer who accidentally stumbles into directing, Burt Reynolds is the hot-tempered leading man, Tatum O’Neal is the brains behind the operation, and lovely Jane Hitchcock is the object of everyone’s affections. Co-starring John Ritter, Stella Stevens and Brian Keith.


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