For its director, a key figure of American counterculture
In Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper offers an uncompromising take on the faux American dream and American postwar society, which he criticises in a journey of discovery embarked on by his protagonists. It's a running theme with the director, who followed up the film with The Last Movie and Out of the Blue, in which he once again depicts characters caught up in devastating capitalism and who illustrate an America of disenchantment and broken dreams.
For its representation of the time, in the midst of the psychedelic era
As the bikers travel the roads of the United States, they come across a group of hippies, who have cut themselves off from society and chosen to cultivate their land. Gathered around campfires, under the influence of drugs, the protagonists exchange their perspectives on the notion of freedom in the modern world. With a soundtrack that revolves around 60s rock, Easy Rider is truly a cinematographic ode to "flower power" and American counterculture in the years 1960-1970.
For its awe-inspiring shots of the United States
Whether urban, desert or rural roads... the essence of the bikers' trip through the arid lands of the United States is magnificently captured by Hungarian cinematographer László Kovács, who manages to portray a typical and flawless portrait of deep America, as we still imagine it today.