Easy Riders---Raging Bulls (2003)




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The 1970s have come to be regarded as the last true golden age of American filmmaking, and this documentary, based on Peter Biskind's book of the same name, looks both at the movies and the people who made them in an era when the Hollywood system was briefly turned upside down. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls begins in the late '60s as the major Hollywood film studios were suffering massive losses when expensive blockbusters began to fall out of favor and a new generation of more independent and free-thinking creative minds were starting to make themselves heard. With the critical and financial success of Easy Rider, the major studios began to cautiously embrace the "new Hollywood," and directors such as Dennis Hopper, Bob Rafelson, Hal Ashby, Peter Bogdanovich, William Friedkin, Martin Scorsese, and Robert Altman produced striking and ground-breaking work that also found favor with the mass audience. However, professional missteps and personal demons robbed many of the "new Hollywood" talents of their powers by the decade's end, and when two of the lesser lights of the movement, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, enjoyed unexpectedly massive success with films which creatively looked to the past while economically changing the stakes of the movie business, many of their peers were lost in the shuffle. Originally produced for broadcast on the BBC, an expanded version of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls was aired on the American cable outlet Trio.
Art House & International , Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Television
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Critic Reviews for Easy Riders---Raging Bulls

All Critics (8)

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.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film


September 23, 2007

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?

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Boulder Weekly

The movie works as a Cliff Notes version of the era.

Full Review… | May 24, 2004
Creative Loafing

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.

Full Review… | August 19, 2003

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Full Review… | December 29, 2006
Empire Magazine

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!

John Miller
John Miller

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.

Jules Qualls
Jules Qualls

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.

David Sayers
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