Berlin, 1981. Ken Barlow is the washed up ex-tour manager for the Rolling Stones who has found salvation in Moody, an up and coming synth-pop artist. Obsessed with the need for publicity, Barlow incites a violent punk riot at Moody’s concert, embarking the two on a destructive quest for success.
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This is Hopper in his 'American Friend' stage. Not his 'Blue Velvet' stage. You're telling me this was more emotionally taxing? "Fuck you, you fucking fuck!" and most of all "You know what a love letter is? It's a bullet from a fucking gun, fucker! You receive a love letter from me, you're fucked forever! You understand, fuck? I'll send you straight to hell, fucker!" I don't think he was whispering these lines.
This may be a leap but the subject mater lies in the conception of electronic music vs punk in the 70/ 80s / Bowie’s / Iggy’s Berlin period. With the name of the movie White Star and Bowie’s album Black Star peaked my interest, who knows?
well, will ya look at that. A Dennis Hopper film i haven't seen before, and one of his most personal performances, it's like all that notorious energy he put in Blue Velvet fueled and filtered for a different kind of fucked up but ready to rock again kind of guy. Not to Orbison's music though. Hopper was a real one for doing this. Also, fun shout-out to Palo Alto. Various times I thought "THAT IS CLASSIC HOPPER!"
.5 Hopper said this was "the most emotionally demanding movie" that he ever made, probably because the director, cinematographer, and other actors have no idea what they're doing. The scene blocking is amateurish. The sound editing is...well...they have ADR but it is jarringly laid in at best. Sad waste of time and money.
The flip side of "The American Friend," I guess. This time the "player" is not a success but a loser. I thought this was a much more interesting performance from Hopper because a) as the star, he's in every scene; b) he's playing someone who's desperately trying to stay afloat but ultimately has to face utter failure. The rest of the film is kind of lame. It may have been edgy in '83, but seems ho-hum today.