easy rider
  Easy Rider è un film del 1969, diretto da Dennis Hopper. Interpretato dallo stesso Hopper e da Peter Fonda, nonché da un giovane Jack Nicholson, narra il viaggio attraverso l'America di due motociclisti, in totale libertà. È considerato da molti critici il film simbolo della New Hollywood. Ha vinto il premio come Miglior Film di un Regista Esordiente al Festival di Cannes del 1969 e ha guadagnato due nomination all'Oscar come Miglior Sceneggiatura e Miglior Attore non Protagonista. Film importante perché si inserisce nel contesto culturale di quegli anni, cultura di controtendenza e voglia di evasione - libertà da una società medio borghese. Il tema del viaggio percorre e traccia le linee generali del film. Celebre anche la colonna sonora, composta da canzoni rock del periodo fine anni sessanta, e diventata un disco di grande successo che si tramanda tra le generazioni. Molti dei brani della soundtrack sono stati raccolti nell'album dei Byrds Ballad of Easy Rider. Nel 1998 è stato scelto per la preservazione nel National Film Registry della Biblioteca del Congresso degli Stati Uniti.
Curiosità: Il film fu girato girato nel 1967 in sole 6 settimane , ma ci volle un anno e mezzo per montarlo. Col successo ottenuto per l'interpretazione nel film, Jack Nicholson decise di proseguire la carriera di attore che in quel periodo voleva abbandonare per fare il regista. Il film non si avvaleva di un vero e proprio copione, infatti gran parte dei dialoghi sono improvvisati durante le riprese. E' il primo film in cui i protagonisti fumano tranquillamente marijuana senza poi commettere atti criminali. Oltretutto gli attori fumano realmente sul set, e nella scena in cui Jack Nicholson dice : con tutti gli strati sociali e ride, la risata è dovuta al fatto che era un po' partito e nella versione originale la frase risulta quasi uno sciogli lingua.
Aforismi e citazioni :
* Parlare di libertà e essere liberi sono due cose diverse. (George Hanson)
* Parlano, parlano di libertà, ma quando vedono un uomo libero, allora ne hanno paura. (George Hanson)
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  Synopsis: The protagonists are two bikers named Wyatt, nicknamed 'Captain America' (Fonda), and Billy (Hopper). Wyatt dresses in American flag-adorned leather, while Billy dresses in Native American-style buckskin pants and shirts and a bushman hat. After smuggling drugs from Mexico to Los Angeles, Wyatt and Billy sell it to a man in a Rolls-Royce (played by Phil Spector), in exchange for a large amount of cash. With this money stuffed into the fuel tank of Wyatt's California style chopper, and after a symbolic scene of Wyatt throwing his watch in a road, they ride eastward in an attempt to reach New Orleans, Louisiana in time for Mardi Gras. During their trip they pick up a hitch-hiker (Luke Askew) and agree to take him to the commune he is living in. They stay for a few days. Life in the commune appears to be hard, with hippies from the city finding it difficult to grow their own crops (one of the children seen in the commune is played by Fonda's four-year-old daughter Bridget.) At one point the bikers witness a prayer for blessing of the new crop, as put by a communard: A chance "to make a stand", and to plant "simple food, for a simple taste." The commune is also host to a travelling theater group that "sings for its supper" (performs for food). The notion of "free love" appears to be practiced, with two women seemingly sharing the affections of the hitch-hiking communard, and who then turn their attention to Wyatt and Billy. As Wyatt and Billy leave, the hitch-hiker (known only as "Stranger on highway" in the credits) gives Wyatt some LSD for him to share with "the right people." While jokingly riding along with a parade in a small town, the pair are arrested by the local authorities for "parading without a permit." In jail, they befriend alcoholic ACLU lawyer George Hanson (played by Jack Nicholson). George helps them get out of jail and decides to travel with Wyatt and Billy. As they camp that night, Wyatt and Billy introduce George to marijuana. As an alcoholic and a square, George is reluctant to try the marijuana ("It leads to harder stuff"), but he quickly relents. While attempting to eat in a Louisiana restaurant, the trio's appearance attracts the attention of the locals. The local high school girls in the restaurant want to meet the men and ride with them; the local men and police officer threaten and verbally abuse the riders. One of the men even states, "They won't even make the parish line". Wyatt, Billy and George leave without eating and make camp outside of town. The events of the day cause George to comment: "This used to be a hell of a good country. I can't understand what's gone wrong with it." In the middle of the night, the local men return and brutally beat the trio while they sleep. Wyatt and Billy suffer minor injuries, but George is killed by a machete strike to the neck. Wyatt and Billy wrap George up in his sleeping bag, gather his belongings, and vow to return the items to his parents. They continue to New Orleans and find the brothel which had been recommended by George. Taking two prostitutes, Karen (Karen Black) and Mary (Toni Basil), with them, Wyatt and Billy decide to go outside where the Mardi Gras is going on (see image at right). They wander the parade-filled streets of New Orleans. They end up in a cemetery, where all four ingest LSD. They all experience a psychedelic trip, represented through quick edits, sound effects and over-exposed film. In the end, though Billy remains oblivious, Wyatt declares: "You know Billy, we blew it". Wyatt realizes that their search for freedom, while financially successful, was a spiritual failure. The next morning, the two are continuing their trip to Florida (where they hope to retire wealthy) when two locals in a pickup truck (who have a shotgun in their belongings) spot them, and decide to "give them a scare". As they pull alongside Billy and shout at him, he makes an obscene gesture at them. Incensed by this, one of the men takes the shotgun, and shoots at and hits Billy. Wyatt immediately turns around to see his friend crashed and bleeding on the side of the road. Wyatt hops on his bike, hoping to get help for his friend. By then, the men in the truck have turned around. When they see Wyatt speeding towards them on his bike, without a weapon, the redneck in the passenger seat aims at Wyatt and shoots. The shot hits the gas tank of Wyatt's bike, causing it to explode. The explosion not only kills Wyatt, but also destroys the money - which was what they had staked their life on. From the flaming bike on the side of the road, the camera ascends towards the sky, and the duo's journey "looking for America" ends once and for all.
Directed by Dennis Hopper
Written by   Peter Fonda
Dennis Hopper
Terry Southern
Released 1969  ► VIDEO  ► VIDEO
Starring Peter Fonda • Wyatt
Dennis Hopper • Billy
Jack Nicholson • George Hanson
Luke Askew • The Stranger
Karen Black • Karen
Photography Laszlo Kovacs
Music Roger McGuinn
Running time 94 min.
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