Last Movie, The (1971, USA) C-108m. ** D: Dennis Hopper. Starring Dennis Hopper, Stella Garcia, Julie Adams, Tomas Millian, Don Gordon, Roy Engel, Samuel Fuller, Sylvia Miles, John Alderman, Michael Anderson Jr., Rod Cameron, Peter Fonda, Henry Jaglom, Kris Kristofferson, John Phillip Law, James Mitchum, Dean Stockwell, Allan Warnick, Russ Tamblyn, Ted Markland. Cult movie made after Hopper's success with EASY RIDER (and with the final cut option) is a lumbering, rather disjointed film-within-and-film story of a western movie shoot in Peru. Crew member Hopper is shocked when an extra dies, joins a prostitute and is asked by priest Milian to stop the population who are behaving like the cowboys in the movie. A time capsule at best, filled with cool songs by Kris Kristofferson (whose first film this was), but not everyone will appreciate its flaccid pace. Hopper spent a year editing this (with help from none other than Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose EL TOPO has the same iconoclastic attitude), then won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Photographed by Lászlo Kóvács.

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