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A Decade Under the Influence

2003, Documentary, 1h 49m

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Packed with amusing anecdotes and told through the perspective of those it lionizes, A Decade Under the Influence is too one-sided to serve as a comprehensive dissection of 1970s American film, but will still work a treat for movie buffs. Read critic reviews

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Between the death of the old Hollywood studio system and the rise of the counterculture, the late 1960s and early '70s were a near-revolutionary time in American filmmaking, as detailed in this documentary by Ted Demme and Richard LaGravanese. Equally influenced by the foreign films of art-house cinemas and the cheap B-movies of late-night TV, eager young filmmakers and actors rewrote Hollywood's rules. This film includes interviews with most of the era's leading figures.

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Audience Reviews for A Decade Under the Influence

  • Oct 12, 2012
    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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2010
    Excellent documentary.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2007
    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...
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