MUBI to release rediscovered Dennis Hopper documentary
Staff Reporter | On 20, Jan 2016
MUBI is teaming up with Bond 360 to release The American Dreamer worldwide.
This will be the first time in 45 years that audiences have the chance to see the documentary about Dennis Hopper, which captures the icon at the height of his success in the wake of Easy Rider.
Directed by Lawrence Schiller and L.M. Kit Carson, the rediscovered movie has been digitally restored and will be shown in UK cinemas for the first time this February, alongside a global release online through MUBI.
Shifting between an insightful document of a complex artist and a self-reflective exploration of vérité filmmaking tropes, the movie finds the pathologically rebellious actor as an unlikely King of Hollywood for a day. Hopper’s follow-up work, The Last Movie (1971), found him drifting further and further into eccentricity.
The theatrical screenings will begin at DocHouse from Friday 5th February, before touring the country at the Picturehouse Central (12th February) and Cinema Museum (25th February). On Friday 12th February, it will then be launched on the VOD service for 30 days.
“Journeying to New Mexico with Kit to make The American Dreamer with Dennis back in 1971 was an experience of a lifetime. Now 40 years later the film’s renewed acceptance in theaters and on digital devices around the globe is incredible,” says Lawrence Schiller. “I’m thrilled to share Dennis’ larger than life persona with a whole new generation of film audiences.”
The exclusive online premiere is the latest in a recent string of global exclusives for MUBI, which premiered Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun in October 2015 following its debut at the New York Film Festival, and also released Michael Nyman’s War Work in December 2015.