A film shoot in Peru goes badly wrong when an actor is killed in a stunt, and the unit wrangler, Kansas, decides to give up film-making and stay on in the village, shacking up with local ... See full summary »
Richmond L. Aguilar
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Dossignan is a zealous rural priest. The dean Menou-Segrais tries to keep him reasonable. But Dossignan will be tempted by Satan, then will try to save the soul of Mouchette, a young girl who killed one of her lovers.
I'm always wary of someone who makes a documentary about the making of a film or a portrait of a film-maker at work, that it isn't just an ego-trip particularly if the film-maker in question hasn't really earned his stripes. I've always thought that Dennis Hopper was more famous for being Dennis Hopper than for anything he did in the cinema. He made one great movie, ("Easy Rider"), but that feels like a fluke and he gave one great performance, (in "Blue Velvet"), yet you always felt he was just playing himself.
After the success of "Easy Rider" he embarked on "The Last Movie" and Lawrence Schiller and L M Kit Carson took it on themselves to film him at work although, except for one scene, little actual work appeared to be done. What this documentary tells us is that Hopper was a mostly talentless hack with ideas way above his station, (he sure as hell was no Orson Welles though he himself seemed to think he might be), and with a ridiculously high interest in sex, or at least in talking about it.
Whether or not Schiller and Carson knew they were doing Hopper no favors is hard to tell. Personally, I got the impression they thought they were recording the thoughts of a genius which might say more about them than it does about Hopper. What remains is a picture of an ego run riot though, on hindsight, giving Hopper and his co-conspirators 90 minutes out of my life seems a trifle generous on my part. Still, there are some great Gene Clark songs on the soundtrack.
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