Going after the history(s) of places. Memory and time in Benning's Easy Rider

Paper in Pompeu Fabra University site

Paper in Spanish (pdf)




In 2012, veteran american structuralist cinema director James Benning made a very personal remake of 1969 classic Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider. Benning’s movie, based on a radical mechanism, consists of a critical approach to the original film and establishes a discourse about the relationships between landscape and time, between landscape and memory. By means of the extensive observation of the same landscapes which in the original movie only constituted the backgrounds, Benning explores memory accumulated in the contemporary spaces of supermodernity and the ruins of the countercultural north american mouvement to which Easy Rider was an emblem.