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Film: Easy Rider
Sunday, July 27, 2008 - 3:00pm
A landmark in film history, Easy Rider blew the studio doors open for more young directors than any film before or since, helping to create the wide-open climate that would lead to the production of many outstanding films in the 1970s. As its director, Dennis Hopper is usually given the lion's share of credit for the film's success, but the revelations of time suggest that the contributions of the late Terry Southern and, to some degree, Jack Nicholson have endowed the film with much of its residual power. Starring Peter Fonda as Wyatt (alias Captain America) and Hopper as Billy, it traces the hippie duo's adventures as they mount their seriously chopped hogs on a journey to find the real America en route to Mardi Gras. In Arizona, they visit a commune whose members are having a tough time, and in a small Texas town they're jailed for joining a parade. But they're quickly sprung by an ACLU lawyer, the quirky, hard-drinking George Hanson (Jack Nicholson), who accepts their offer to join them on the trip to New Orleans, eager to visit the best whorehouse in the South. EASY RIDER accurately reflects the tensions and hostilities of the period, Laszlo Kovacs's photography is superb, Nicholson is exceptional in his breakthrough role--and the startling, stunning ending is a shocker.

--RottenTomatoes


What:
Easy Rider (1969 Dennis Hopper)
Format:
16mm film
Runtime:
95 mins
When:
July 25 & 26 @ 7 pm & 9:30 pm, July 27 @ 3 pm
Where:
5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St @ PSU
Admission:
Free for PSU students, faculty and staff w/ ID, $2 for other students, seniors, and children, $3 general admission

For more information:

PSU Film Committee
film@pdx.edu

503-725-3551
http://www.fifthavenuecinema.groups.pdx.edu