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1712 North Crescent Heights: Dennis Hopper Photographs 1962-1968 Hardcover – October 2, 2001

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Dennis Hopper is among the best-known film stars in the world. His acting career includes such credits as "Rebel Without a Cause," "Apocalypse Now," and "Blue Velvet." His directing career has included such films as "Easy Rider" and "The Last Movie." In addition to acting and directing, Hopper is a noted photographer, painter, and sculptor. His work has been in museum exhibitions at such U.S. venues as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He lives in Venice, California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Greybull Press; 1st edition (October 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967236657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967236650
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 9.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,082,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These intriguing images, which range from sun-drenched to claustrophobic, have a dreamy quality, like a silent film. The photographs capture a graciously Bohemian culture that foreshadowed 1960's counterculture, and they faintly hint at the stylish decadence of 1920's Hollywood. They depict a time when the western regions of Los Angeles were both urbane and pastoral--a time when a starlet such as Tuesday Weld could feel comfortable driving on city streets in an open convertible--a time before personal style had degraded to the level of shaved heads, jauntily oriented baseball caps, and lapses in grooming. In photo number 120, the "Sunset Strip Riot" at Pandora's Box kicks off the 1960's upheavals that would be precisely defined by Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider just three years later. This photo is shot at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights, just down the road from the Hopper residence. In the background of the photo, behind the street action, is the site of The Garden of Alla, demolished 7 years previously, and perhaps the most prominent meeting place for the graciously Bohemian Hollywood crowd of the 1920's.
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