Dennis Hopper: The Middle Word in Life
A video collage for Moving Image Source by Matt Zoller Seitz
If the pleasure of his performance is tinged with discomfort, it’s because Mr. Hopper has apparently never been afraid of looking ridiculous — an important quality for performers. Few actors can navigate the line between terror and comedy as unnervingly, evidenced by his mesmerizing turn in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet.” Where does that character end and Mr. Hopper begin? You don’t know, and that not knowing is the space in which Mr. Hopper works.
– Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 4/11/10
It’s not surprising but no less sad to learn that Dennis Hopper has died from complications of the prostate cancer he was diagnosed with last October. I can’t think of a better way to send the man off than by going back to Matt Zoller Seitz’s video essay and Manohla Dargis’ appreciation from back in April when a frail and gaunt looking Mr. Hopper turned up on Hollywood Boulevard for the unveiling of his star on the Walk of Fame.
Goodbye Goon, Billy, Moon, Kansas, Tom Ripley, Shooter and Feck. RIP Frank Booth.
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