- Actors: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Steven Soderbergh, Robert Altman, John G. Avildsen
- Directors: Richard LaGravenese, Ted Demme
- Producers: Alison Palmer Bourke, Caroline Kaplan, Gini Reticker, Jerry Kupfer, John Miller-Monzon
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: 2 Entertain Video
- DVD Release Date: 26 April 2004
- Run Time: 138 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00018HTIM
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,522 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
A Decade Under The Influence
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This documentary of the 'Second Hollywood Golden Age', discusses colleagues, films and memories from key players of that extraordinary era.
How did Hollywood make so many great, challenging, offbeat films in the 1970s? A Decade Under the Influence lists the reasons--or rather, lets the people who did the filmmaking list the reasons. The decade-shaping interviewees include Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, Francis Coppola, et al. The film's argument has actually been conventional wisdom for at least 10 years, but it's well-supported by an abundance of clips, which should inspire even hardcore film buffs to seek out rarities such as Thunderbolt and Lightfoot or The King of Marvin Gardens. One might observe that the scarcity of women directors or black filmmakers suggests that the decade was not entirely golden, and the memories may be burnished a bit by nostalgia. But there's no question that the big studios were far more adventurous back then, and this briskly moving survey gives a lively Film 101 lecture in exactly why. --Robert HortonProduct Description
The 1970s was an extraordinary time of rebellion. As political activism, the sexual revolution, the women's movement, and the music revolution contributed to social unrest across America, American cinema witnessed the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers.
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The DVD also features interviews cut from the film, including an interview with Coppola, who interestingly comments that George Lucas would be a better director if he left Star Wars behind.
The ironic thing is that this Documentary is (in my estimation) far superior to the Documentary version of 'Easy Rider, Raging Bulls.' Instead of focusing too heavily upon issues such as Sam Peckinpah's drug/ alcohol problems or Francis Ford Coppolla's overblown ego it spotlights what is most important about the era from an artistic point of view: the films.
You get a real sense of the era, the freedoms briefly enjoyed by filmmakers and the creativity brought forth:- starting with films like Bonnie and Clyde, Midnight Cowboy, The Grauduate and of course Easy Rider in the late 1960s continuing throughout most of the 1970s untill the inevitable reassertion of control by the studios (i.e the 'money men') once films like Jaws and Star Wars made clear that mega-bucks could be made with escapist fare rather than the relatively meagre returns afforded by films with a realist sensibility.
Anyone who wishes to revisit and/or learn more about the last 'golden age' of Hollywood film before the dictates of box office revenues became the only thing which mattered and the social, cultural and political winds which shaped these forces of change should not hesitate to pick up this DVD. Reccomended for film buffs everywhere.