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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls [2003] [DVD]

Richard Dreyfuss , Dennis Hopper    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, John Milius, Paul Schrader
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In2film
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2007
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L42N4Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,279 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This revealing documentary chronicles the history of what was arguably the most creative decade in Hollywood's history. Covering a period that began with Dennis Hopper's groundbreaking 1969 film 'Easy Rider' and ended with Martin Scorsese's 'Raging Bull' (1980), Kenneth Bowser's documentary tells the inside story of an astonishing era fuelled by sex, drugs, fame and money.

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"This knockout documentary has it all … overflowing with insight and amazing detail" -- Hollywood Reporter

"… fascinating … a galloping chronicle of this generation’s revolutionary assault on Hollywood … " -- Variety


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE? 16 Feb 2009
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Anyone who has read Peter Biskind's seminal book on what he describes as the 'sex, drugs and rock and roll generation who saved Hollywood,' namely the era which lasted from the late Sixties untill roughly the late Seventies in American film and which is considered to be by many the last golden age of Hollywood, will likely come away from this Documentary film adaptation of the book with mixed feelings.

The documentary gives the viewer the bare outline one who has read the book is familiar with:-

A) The death of the old studio system sometime in the Sixties whose demise was hastened by such ill-considered mega-flops as Cleopatra, Paint Your Wagon and Hello Dolly.

(B) The rise of a burgeoning and untapped youth market eager to see things they could identify with on screen.

(C) The Trojan Horse of the 'Roger Corman Film School' i.e 'King of the B-Movies' Producer/Director Roger Corman who firstly tapped into the hitherto untapped youth market, with B-Movies like The Trip and The Wild Angels, and secondly opened the doors to the untried and untested Film school graduates and harbingers of the 'New Hollywood' Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorcese and Peter Bogdanovich amongst many others.

D) The rise of the 'movie brats' influenced as they were by the French and Italian 'new wave' brought a much more more realistic approach to story-telling that was evident in European cinema at that time (complete with it's attendant moral and sexual ambiguities) to American film for the very first time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone with an interest in cinema 4 May 2004
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First things first, I caught this by chance on BBC4 recently, so given the number of times they show repeats, you can probably see it for free some time within the next few weeks if you check the listings.
I found it fascinating, interspersed with clips from films from the late 60s and 70s and choice interviews with, among others, Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich, and Peter Fonda, it tells the story of Hollywood in the decade when directors dicatated the agenda, before studios settled on a formula for routine blockbusters in the style of Jaws, Star Wars and their sequels.
A parallel story is how a group of artistically minded directors, led by Francis Ford Copolla, together with his protege, George Lucas and other widely recognised names like Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, and Steven Spielberg combined ideas and pooled resources to come up with some of the most original films in cinema history. Given free licence by the studios, out of this group emerged films like The Conversation, The Last Picture Show, The Godfather, American Graffitti and Taxi Driver, and with them came some of the great movie actors like Robert De Niro and Harvey Keital. As the 80s neared, the status of these directors, and so implies the film, their complacency and drug-fulled excesses, reached fever pitch, and it was this excess which ultimately led to their downfall. Meanwhile, from their own midsts emerged a new, clean, studio friendly and box-office driven director named Steven Spielberg with a film called Jaws that generated unprecedented publicity and opened to more screens than any film before and gained not only critical acclaim, but enormous box office returns. It, like Star Wars, and to a lesser extent, Alien and Superman heralded a new age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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In 1998 Peter Biskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls was published. This galloping, gossipy bestseller traced the highs and lows, tragedies and triumphs during the sex-and-drugs-and-rock 'n' roll generation's revolutionary (?) assault on Hollywood in the late 1960s and 1970s. Like Adventures in the Screen Trade and You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again, it has come to be seen by some as one of the definitive books about modern American cinema. I can understand why - it has an epic tale to tell: the story of Hollywood in the decade when directors dictated the agenda; before studios settled on a formula for routine blockbusters in the style of Jaws and Star Wars, after the death of the old studio system, in the 1960s, following big-budget flops, such as Cleopatra and Paint Your Wagon.

Documentary maker Kenneth Bowser has provided an understated, broadly chronological summation of that book, which is narrated earnestly by American actor William H. Macy. It is divided into chapter headings and shifts logically between subjects in a pacey fashion. This is accomplished by fluid switches between talking heads and relevant clips from films under discussion, in a fashion that has drawn understandable comparisons with another documentary about Hollywood, The Kid Stays in the Picture.

Does it work? I have to admit to mixed feelings about this adaptation. Some of the archival footage - including Roman Polanski's harrowing and emotional press conference following Sharon Tate's murder - is undoubtedly fascinating. Interviews with the likes of Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Margot Kidder, and Cybill Shepherd elicit occasional insights.
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