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Peter Fonda reflects on Easy Rider: Tell me we haven't blown it



If 1939 was cinema's golden year, 1969 was its watershed. That year heralded the arrival of new filmmakers as Paul Mazursky (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice) and three X-rated dramas -

John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy, Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool and Frank Perry's Last Summer - which all became critical and commercial successes. Midnight Cowboy won the Best Picture Oscar at the 42nd Academy Awards over Hello, Dolly! and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

In a year packed with classics, the film that made the biggest impact was a deceptively simple biker flick, Easy Rider. Ahead of the film's 50th anniversary on July 14.

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