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Easy Rider (18)* Tickets available on the door
Sat 20 July, 2019 @ 8:00 pm£7 – £10
Easy Rider (18) – 1969, USA, 95m
Written, Directed & Produced by Dennis Hopper/Peter Fonda
The landmark road film marked it’s 50th anniversary with a newly restored 4K presentation at Cannes. Now we can enjoy it!
Easy Rider was the third highest-grossing film of 1969 and along with Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate, helped kick-start the New Hollywood era during the late 1960s and 1970s. The major studios realized that money could be made from low-budget films made by avant-garde directors.
Heavily influenced by the French New Wave, the films of the so-called “post-classical Hollywood” came to represent a counterculture generation increasingly disillusioned with its government as well as the government’s effects on the world at large and the establishment in general. Although Jack Nicholson appears only as a supporting actor and in the last half of the film, the standout performance signaled his arrival as a movie star, along with his subsequent film Five Easy Pieces in which he had the lead role. Vice President Spiro Agnew criticized Easy Rider, along with the band Jefferson Airplane, as examples of the permissiveness of the 1960s counterculture. The movie’s “groundbreaking” soundtrack featured The Band, The Byrds, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Steppenwolf.
Doors open for fine wines and all manner of drinks at 7pm. Film at 8pm