Dennis Hopper, un Angeleno en France
October 14, 2008
It's safe to say that Dennis Hopper's counterculture credentials have
long since passed their sell-by date -- consider his appearances in
retirement commercials for Ameriprise Financial and his upcoming role
in a cable TV spinoff of "Crash." The "Easy Rider" star has even said
he voted for George W. Bush. Twice.
In France, however, he is still regarded as a rebel and an artiste --
this week he received the title of Commandeur des arts et des lettres
from the French government. And the Cinémathèque Française is holding
an exhibition of his L.A. photography and artwork.
You can check out some of those photographs on the Cinémathèque's
website, where curators have created an interactive essay featuring
Hopper in such exotic locales as Venice Beach, Beverly Hills and
Miracle Mile. There's also an interactive version of the exhibition
catalog. (These sites are in French, but there are a number of images
to click through.)
Even if you think he's a sellout and a hack, Hopper remains an icon
of an era. His artwork -- good, bad or mediocre -- are time-capsule
documents of a vanished zeitgeist.