The Death of Dennis Hopper And The Legacy Of Easyrider

May 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment

R.I.P Dennis Hopper. As reported by the AP

“LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood actor-director whose memorable career included the 1969 smash “Easy Rider,” has died. He was 74.

Family friend Alex Hitz says Hopper died Saturday at his Venice home, surrounded by family and friends. The actor had been battling prostate cancer.

Hopper’s roller coaster career also included “Rebel Without a Cause,” ”Blue Velvet,” ”Apocalypse Now” and “Hoosiers” as well as flops such as “The Last Movie.”

But the improbable success of the 1969 hippie-biker epic “Easy Rider” remained his biggest triumph. He not only co-starred but directed and co-wrote the film, which also starred Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.

Hopper, Fonda and Terry Southern were nominated for Oscars for best screenplay”

For me, I will always associate Dennis Hopper with the movie Easyrider. For me, Easyrider shows the beauty of America riding it through the haunting, beautiful desert and the majesty of the plains of Texas.  The end of the movie demonstrates the frightening, horrible results when the human soul taps into the hate of the fatal character defect of judgmental attitudes.  Judgmental attitude breed hate and resentment. It also brings death

As an article in the Nation puts it “The hate is that of Fonda, Hopper and Southern, they hate the element in American life that tries to destroy anyone who fails to conform, who demands to ride free. And it is quite right that they should“.    This is the type of attitude that breeds misogyny and racial resentments that still plague this country to this day.


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