Easy Riders---Raging Bulls (2003)
Critic Reviews for Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
This is a comprehensive and uncompromising look at some of the films that still influence many independent film-makers today - an absolute must for fans of Seventies cinema.
What nobody disputes is that the "film brat" generation of Spielberg, Lucas, et al., saved Hollywood. The question now is, who's to save us from the Hollywood they created?
A two-hour history lesson on the world's most fascinating subject, and it goes without saying that a flick like this is a Movie Animal's fondest wish.
Audience Reviews for Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
Very good documentary on my favorite film decade, the 1970's, which I was very lucky to have lived through. Every decade since has been an incredible disappointment. This was the decade where filmmakers took chances and made films that mattered. Even the straight-entertainment films had a punch they rarely have since. The documentary is good, but not as good as the more vibrant "A Decade Under the Influence," which I highly recommend!
As a true film buff, I always felt I should know more about the films of the 70s, that I should be a bigger fan than I am. This documentary, based on a book by Peter Biskind, traces the history of filmmaking from the collapse of the Studio System to the rise of auteurs like Scorsese, Coppola, Bogdanovich, and Altman, followed by the young upstarts Spielberg and Lucas, who took films to a blockbuster level. It is a fascinating history told by the directors, screenwriters, actors and producers of those very films, and yet it showed me exactly why I never really developed an interest in much of their work. The era was defined by art that was fueled by drugs, and quite a lot of the "art" isn't my taste at all. No longer will I apologize for not being so familiar with the films of the early 70s, nor will I feel inferior because I don't care for "Easy Rider" or "Nashville" or "Midnight Cowboy" or "Raging Bull". These are simply not of interest to me. But hearing the history-makers speak of those days and their experiences while making these films is truly fascinating, and this documentary is something every film lover should see.
A good documentary that serves as an introduction to the much better book. Watch this first but then read the book. There's more sensationalism involved but it also covers much more detail. A good introduction overall.
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