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nothing on his friendship and film with neil young?
What is this Speed 3 nonsense? Is it just me, or is this pure gossip?
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I find one in an Aug 1965 Vogue instead
Venice Film Festival Award for Last Movie - Never Happened!
After reading Peter L. Winkler's biography, entitled DENNIS HOPPER: THE WILD RIDE OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL, I have some doubt about the article's statement that the Hopper written, directed and edited film THE LAST MOVIE won first place at the Venice Film Festival - even though it's a claim that Hopper made to many people over many years. On page 175 of the paperback edition, Hopper is quoted as saying: "When it won a prize at Venice, they couldn't believe it...an executive said to me, 'We must have bought the prize for you.' But that prize was the only award given at Venice, and I won it, in competition with Kurosawa, Bergman, and lots of others." However, the author states in a footnote on the same page: "Hopper was wrong. The LAST MOVIE was entered out of competition. The festival assigned no awards to films from 1969-1979."
This was a little jarring to read - as the author didn't make a big deal out if - just stated that Hopper was "wrong." Hopper is also quoted in the book as having complained years later that the film wasn't marketed well, and that he had to go around reminding interviewers at the time that it had won a prize at Venice.
Circumstantially, it seems as if this story could be (or is even likely to be) a confabulation by Hopper. The statement is currently not cited by wiki. However, there's a list of links in the Venice Film Festival wiki that purports to be all of the awards given by the festival, and - going by this list - it looks like the author was right - the movie didn't get an award there.
I don't want to remove the statement if it IS true. Does anyone have additional information? I'll wait a while and see.
More information: A website called dennishopper.com, which apparently has been established for purposes of marketing his image posthumously, includes a "Life" section with a Biography. Part of the biography states: "Though The Last Movie won the prestigious C.I.D.A.L.C. Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1971, the result was never announced, and Universal Pictures refused to distribute the film unless Hopper would agree to re-edit it."
I haven't been able to determine what C.I.D.A.L.C. stands for, although a similarly named award (according to some sources) also has been given at the Berlin Film Festival, In any case, the wiki entry for "32nd Venice International Film Festival" is contradictory - it states that "There was no jury because from 1969 to 1979 the festival was not competitive," but it also shows THE LAST MOVIE as the winner of the C.I.D.A.L.C. Award.
It is clear from a historical account I've read that the first statement is true - the festival presented no award to THE LAST MOVIE. The official website of the Venice Filn Festival states in a history of the festival that "As an effect of the dissent, (NOTE: This refers to controversy over the fact that the award being given was identical to the one given during the Fascist regime in Italy, when the Festival was influenced by the dictatorial political regime) prize-giving was abolished in '68. From 1969 to 1972 the Festival was non-competitive (the first two were directed by Ernesto G. Laura, and the successive one by Gian Luigi Rondi), and numerous parallel festivals were organised. In 1971 John Ford and Charlie Chaplin the following year, received the Golden Lion for Career Achievement assigned by the Festival. 1971 was also the year in which festival audiences saw a Chinese film screened for the first time: Hung sik laung dje ching."
To summarize - the only two awards given from 1969 to 1972 at the Venice Internationakl Filn Festival were career achievement awards for John Ford and Charlie Chaplin. It appears that Hopper's personal account, amplified through IMDB and Wikipedia, has created an incredibly widespread perception that he won an award that did not even exist when his movie was screened at the Festival.
The only question in my mind is whether to simply remove the mention of it in Wikipedia or - based on the pervasiveness of the myth - actually point out that Hopper claimed to receive an award that was never given.