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Dennis Hopper: The Middle Word in Life. Video Essay by Matt Zoller Seitz

Posted by LiveFor on April 8, 2010

UPDATE: As you probably know Dennis Hopper has now passed away. More here. END OF UPDATE

This is just brilliant. So sad that Hopper is so ill.

“Dennis Hopper: The Middle Word in Life” is an attempt to capture the essence of what we think about when we think about Dennis Hopper. This video essay isn’t trying to be a comprehensive biography because the prospect of capturing Hopper in a relatively short running time is too daunting to consider. 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 six 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.

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3 Responses to “Dennis Hopper: The Middle Word in Life. Video Essay by Matt Zoller Seitz”

  1. Justin said

    RIP Dennis, you were brilliant.

  2. Jill said

    Wonderful tribute to a true talent and a voice of a generation. I discovered this video today, the day he died.

  3. moze said

    That was great!!
    I have loved Dennis since True Grit….and speaking of grit,…… his was the truest!

    I am sorry that I never got to meet him personally.

    Moze in Miami

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