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Easy Rider 04
Two young bikers complete a drug deal and use their earnings to finance a trip from Los Angeles to New Orleans in search of the American Dream. This epic journey takes them deep into the heart of the United States; a nation wrought with violence and prejudice during the collapse of the free-spirited society that was the 1960’s.
“A man went looking for America and couldn’t find it anywhere…” reads the tagline of Easy Rider, a low-budget production from two aspiring young film-makers in Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, which managed to capture the culture and society of the late 60’s and served to define the genre of the ‘road movie’. Even now, almost forty years after it’s release, the film stands as a classic that successfully encapsulates the attitudes and ideals of a generation.
Despite the simple nature of the plot many themes run beneath the surface of the film, most notably the search for oneself and the ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll’ attitude of the hippie movement. It also touches on the meaning of life – focussing on God, death, and spirituality – and the clash between society and youth culture, all projected through an image of a motorbike emblazoned with the Stars and Stripes. The dark and downbeat tone of the film helps to illustrate the underlying social tension of the decade and the collapse of the idealistic 60’s. a generation.