Tuesday, June 1, 2010
RIP Dennis Hopper
If, like me, you're still thinking about what we lost when we lost Dennis Hopper on Saturday, you might want to watch this lovely video essay tribute by Matt Zoller Seitz.
In a brief written essay that accompanies the video, Seitz writes: "The piece offers glimpses of Hopper the method actor, Hopper the monologue master and word-jazz babbler, Hopper the scenery-gnawing villain, Hopper the substance abuser and ex-substance abuser, and Hopper the filmmaker (a facet that often gets overlooked because, while Hopper appeared in nearly 60 films and hundreds of hours of TV, he directed just seven motion pictures). Other notable aspects of Hopper—the twentysomething enfant terrible briefly blacklisted in Hollywood for arguing with directors; Hopper the photographer and art collector; Hopper the rock 'n' roll gadfly; Hopper the Civil Rights-era Democrat who became a Reagan Republican and then switched back late in life; and on and on—aren't represented here. That's a job for biographers. The focus here is on Hopper's life force: his personality, his philosophy; his thrilling, often contradictory, sometimes abrasive or ugly sense of what acting and filmmaking and art and life should be."