HOLLYWOOD — “Everyone knows I’m a great lover. Not everyone knows I’m a lover of film, too,” Hugh Hefner quipped during a Grand Classics unspooling of Dennis Hopper‘s “The Last Movie” on Tuesday, held at Hefner’s L.A. manse.
A screening of the 1971 “Movie” preceded a cocktail party held poolside.
Though Hopper, who wrote, directed and starred in the film, left shortly after the screening, he told the audience to remember they were watching a movie. “The whole movie dealt with making movies, in one way or another,” he said.
He owns full rights to the movie, which won the grand prize at Venice in 1971, and is negotiating with distributors for a DVD release.
Every other month, a different showbizzer presents a film — one that has inspired his career — under the Grand Classics banner, co-founded by Katrina Pavlos and Vanessa Wingate. Series raises coin for film preservation via the American Film Institute and the British Film Institute.
The program began in Gotham, and London, L.A. and Paris were added to the fold this year.