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A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
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In the late '60s, American culture experienced a period of change as the youth movement challenged conventional attitudes about politics, sex, drugs, and gender issues, while the advancement of the Vietnam War found many citizens questioning the actions and wisdom of their government for the first time. As American attitudes continued to evolve, so did the American film industry; as costly big-budget blockbusters nearly brought the major studios to the brink of collapse, smaller and more

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It's as if we're watching the equivalent of a VH1 special edited for an in-flight movie.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Unlike many documentaries about movies, it's neither underfunded nor perfunctory, but thoughtful and bracing.

May 30, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Leaves us to wonder whether ever again will so many creative free spirits move into the mainstream in such numbers and with such success.

May 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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What's missing is anything resembling a point of view ... or the slightest sense of critical discrimination.

May 29, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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It's gratifying and exhilarating enough -- the movie's a foolproof greatest-hits clips package. But Christie is its major coup.

May 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Here's a fireball documentary about the 1970s, when filmmakers were stoked by sex, drugs, rock and, oh, yeah, social conscience.

May 8, 2003
Rolling Stone
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This is a must-see documentary for any film lover.

June 2, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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Demme and LaGravenese are just as happy to let the directors bask in their past glories and reminisce about those crazy days.

May 27, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It's illuminating and nostalgic and for anyone who lined up for American movies in that bygone golden age.

August 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

...less of a serious, insightful documentary and more of a nostalgic love letter.

June 19, 2003 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The past is so bright here, co-directors Richard LaGravenese and the late Ted Demme must have worn shades.

June 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

Succeeds as both a primer for newcomers and as eye candy for established film fans.

May 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Fitfully interesting in its own right, but more useful as a device to point you toward checking out the original source material.

May 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

A breezy but incomplete valentine to the most fertile period in American film

May 25, 2003 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

When Coppola bellyaches you want to ask, Hey buddy, who forced the studios to give up on radical filmmakers by going insanely overbudget and past schedule with Apocalypse Now?

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

an entertaining introduction of the "auteur directors" that emerged from 1968 to 1978

May 19, 2003
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies

The combination of access to so many of the era's players ... plus the entertaining clips and wise commentary into a unique period of cinema history, make Decade a pleasure to experience.

May 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's an entertaining pastiche, a slice of movie history that's both fun and educational (if slightly myopic about what has come since).

May 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Audience Reviews for A Decade Under the Influence

A Decade under the Influence is a must watch film for all lovers of cinema. I love 70's cinema, it is what I grew up on and I still enjoy catching up on the ones I've missed now. Here, the people who made those films are all represented and explain how, why and what happened later. It's insightful and thorough. It is also the last time you will have heard it it from many of the Horses mouths as a fair few of the people in this documentary, including the director, sadly died soon after.
September 24, 2013
SirPant

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a fantastic doc about the young filmmakers who stormed hollywood in the seventies, producing a huge number of startlingly original films. directors like altman, hal ashby, scorsese and coppola along with so many others changed the way we watch movies forever in a decade when for once art ruled over commerce; a happy consequence of the breakup of the studio system, the meltdown of the sixties, and the influence of a generation of foreign filmmakers. it's sad we seem to be stuck in a decade of endless remakes and sequels that's all about the box office...
May 31, 2008
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Stella Dallas

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Its a bit too general for my taste . . . and there are some strangely absent personalities. But if you are patient, there are some amusing anecdotes scattered throughout. Also, its rather fitting (and more than a little moving) that just about everyone acknowledges that Hal Ashby was the real king of the 70s . . his steady hand in the director's chair produced some the decades greatest films.
October 12, 2012
Alec Barniskis

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