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Easy Rider Purrs Into Paris

Cigar in hand, Dennis Hopper led guests around a major new retrospective of his oeuvre Monday night at Paris' Cinémathèque Française.

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IN THE HOPPER: Cigar in hand, Dennis Hopper led guests around a major new
retrospective of his oeuvre Monday night at Paris’ Cinémathèque Française.
“Dennis Hopper & New Hollywood” features around 70 works of art, photographs and videos, both by and starring Hopper who was earlier awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters, in English) by France’s culture minister Christine Albanel. Also on show are key pieces from Hopper’s personal art collection, emptied out of his Frank Gehry-designed Venice Beach house in California. Highlights include a pale Polaroid of Hopper in a cowboy hat taken by Andy Warhol in 1977, a giant painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, and a portrait by Annie Leibowitz of a shirtless Hopper seated with Christopher Walken at the Chateau Marmont in 1995, as well as the original Harley-Davidson chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in 1969’s “Easy Rider.” “I handed my life over to [the Cinémathèque Française], which
is very unusual as I’m a control freak,” said Hopper, surveying a wall of black and white portraits he’d taken in 1964 and 1965 of the likes of Paul Newman, James Brown and Jane Fonda. Close friend Julian Schnabel, dressed in sloppy sweat pants, deck shoes and a jacket, said he’s headed to Israel soon to start shooting a new film. “It’s about love and education,” he said.
Cinémathèque Française president, Greek director Constantin Costa-Gavras, said he’s currently working on a road movie, “Eden is West,” starring Riccardo Scamarcio and Juliane Köhler. “It’s about a guy who travels through Greece and Italy to get to Paris, he wants to get to Paris, but that’s all I’m revealing,” he said. Agnès Trouble, a.k.a. Agnès b., who sported a “Vote
Obama” badge for the occasion, disclosed she’s already cast Hopper in his next role. “I’m going to start directing my first film in March, a road movie about a little girl who’s mistreated and who climbs into a lorry to run away. Dennis will be driving it,” said the designer, adding that she’d just got back from the inauguration of a show of her personal photo collection at Berlin’s C/O Berlin. “It ranges from a print I own by Victor Hugo, taken in 1850, to works by Ryan McGinley, who I like to think I discovered,” she said.