Easy Rider

image from the film Easy Rider

image from the film EASY RIDER

Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s classic “modern” western, in which a pair of doped-up bikers score some coke and take off across the U.S., has become the measuring stick for Hollywood hipness and cinematic existentialism since it zoomed onto the screen in 1969. Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda star, and coolly epitomize an ultimate expression of the American fantasy, “Born to be Wild.”

Cosponsored with the Dept of History.