A Decade Under the Influence (2003)



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First released theatrically as a 108-minute, R-rated documentary on January 19, 2003, A Decade Under the Influence is dedicated to the proposition that the 1970s was the single most significant decade in the history of the American cinema. To illustrate this thesis, directors Ted Demme and Richard LaGravenese included choice vignettes from such '70s classics as The Godfather, Chinatown, The Exorcist, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Last Picture Show, Taxi Driver, Jaws, and many others. Also featured are in-depth interviews with the filmmakers, actors, and technicians of the period (see the very long, very impressive cast list), all of whom celebrated their "liberation" from the stultifying Hollywood censors and the antediluvian studio system of decades past with an embarrassment of cinematic riches. An expanded version of A Decade Under the Influence was seen as a three-part, three-hour TV miniseries, telecast on cable's Independent Film Channel beginning August 20, 2003.
R (language, and images of sexulality, violence, and drug use)
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest , Television
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Critic Reviews for A Decade Under the Influence

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (13)

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

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

Full Review… | May 30, 2003
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.

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

Full Review… | May 29, 2003
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
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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Audience Reviews for A Decade Under the Influence

This is just for film nerds. Some of the greatest directors talk about the change from the big studio feel good films of the 50's to the more artistic and dark films of the late 60's and early 70's. Its very interesting to think that some of the movies that today are little independent films were blockbusters during that time. Some really interesting stuff.

Alex Wolf Rkc
Alex Wolf Rkc

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 Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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Excellent documentary.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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