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Unformatted text preview: http://www.filmreference.com/Films-Dr-Ex/Easy-Rider.html- interesting cultural and historical document of the industry's response to "youth culture."- "New Hollywood" as well as the culmination of films representing our experience of the American West through the narrative device of the journey, the film being a sort of New Wave cowboy epic. It reflects the sexual and social values of the American counter-culture of the period: the protagonists are social misfits and outlaws. Unlike filmic outlaws of the pastLittle Caesar, Scarfacethese heros can be charming, good-humored, warm and often compassionate. Their humorless and finally deadly pursuers, predictably, represent the "older generation." In Mast's words, "Given the outlaw protagonists, the new obligatory ending was the unhappy rather than happy one. The protagonists die; law triumphs over lawlessness. However, good did not triumph over evil, for law and good were antithetical." - The film concerns freedom, or the illusion of freedomfor ultimately the bikers "can't find...
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