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American Dreamer, The

Director:  L.M. Kit Carson and Lawrence Schiller
Year Released:  1971
Rating:  2.0

Companion piece to The Last Movie about Dennis Hopper's bizarre "cult" in Taos, New Mexico where he did a lot of drugs, drank excessively, tangoed with flighty female fans and tried to edit his 1971 cult Western. The footage - of Hopper having 'group therapy' with liberated women, taking baths with them, admiring his art collection and shooting rifles - does not, in my view, hurt or aid the ultimate effectiveness of The Last Movie in any way - it merely shows what kind of physical and mental condition Hopper was in at the time. However, the shadiness of the filmmakers is evident (Peter Biskind's book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls claims that Schiller and Carson convinced him to run naked around Los Alamos - home of the Manhattan Project - in exchange for girls) and an hour and a half of an ego-tripping Hopper making verbal love to himself and his inflated "ideas" is like spending time with a stumbling party guest who makes everyone sick. It's good to know he recovered, of course, and continues to have a unique and unparalleled career in film.

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