Since iconoclastic actor-writer-producer-director-artist Dennis Hopper died in May after a long battle with prostate cancer, screenings of his 1969 masterwork, “Easy Rider,” have been popping up around town. However, the Silent Movie Theatre is the first to schedule a tribute screening series to Hopper.
“Dennis Hopper: Wasn’t Born to Follow,” kicks off Friday evening with “Easy Rider,” which marked his directorial debut, and the 1971 documentary “The American Dreamer,” which chronicles his post-"Easy Rider” success and the making of his next film, the ill-fated “The Last Movie.” L.M. Kit Carson, who co-directed the documentary with Lawrence Schiller, will be on hand to talk about Hopper. The festival continues Fridays throughout July. https://www.cinefamily.org
The American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre is paying homage to the six-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer William Fraker, who died in May at age 86. Screening Thursday evening is Roman Polanski’s terrifying 1968 horror film “Rosemary’s Baby,” for which Fraker supplied the evocative cinematography, and the rarely shown 1973 thriller “A Reflection of Fear,” which is one of the few films Fraker directed.
Don Murray made his film debut opposite Marilyn Monroe in the 1956 romantic comedy “Bus Stop,” earning an Oscar nomination for supporting actor as the naïve cowboy who falls for Monroe’s singer. Murray will appear Friday at the Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre for a screening of “Bus Stop,” which was based on the hit play by William Inge, and the 1961 drama “Hoodlum Priest,” which he starred in, co-wrote and co-produced.
The Aero and the Visual Effects Society celebrate the 90th birthday of special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen on Sunday with a screening of Nathan Juran’s 1964 film “First Men in the Moon,” based on H.G. Wells’ fanciful tale. It features some wickedly enjoyable special effects from Harryhausen. https://www.americancinematheque.com.
A vote for women
It was just 90 years ago that women got the right to vote in the U.S., and Heritage Square Museum is celebrating this seminal chapter in women’s history by showcasing the talents of noted actresses who came to fame during the Golden Age of Hollywood in its annual Silent and Classic Movie Nights series.
The festivities kick off Saturday with the campy 1915 “A Fool There Was,” starring the legendary Theda Bara, cinema’s first screen vamp. The second feature, the 1926 comedy “The Show-Off,” stars silent screen icon Louise Brooks.
The films are screened under the stars on the lawn near the Palms Depot at the Museum. The celebration continues over the next two Saturday evenings. https://www.heritagesquare.org.